The flight (and demise) of the giant paper airplane

Date:15 August 2012 Tags:, ,

Building a 360-kilogram paper aircraft is tough – but getting it airborne is even tougher, as a team led by the Pima Air and Space Museum in Arizona found out. After several false starts, including the plane buckling under its own weight, a helicopter managed to hoist the plane by its nose and then release it. The result: a glorious flight with a very, very hard desert landing. The remains of the plane – small fragments of the nose and one of the winglets – are now on display at the museum.

View the complete flight (and spectacular crash) of the great paper aircraft…