54-foot-span Paper Airplane Breaks Record!

54-foot-span Paper Airplane Breaks Record!

What do you get when you combine 500 bottles of glue, 753 square feet of paper and 200 bottles of superglue? A flight-worthy 54-foot-span paper airplane that’s breaks the world record! The 24-pound aircraft was launched off a 7.2-foot platform and flew for 54 feet, longer than the distance flown by the previous record holder. Because the 14-member team from the University of Technology in Braunschweig, Germany, could not fly the plane first to test it, they stress-tested various parts before final assembly.

54-foot-span Paper Airplane Breaks Record!

Here’s the scoop from Germany’s “The Local:”

According to the rules of the Guinness World Records, a paper aircraft needs to fly at least 15 metres to qualify, so the engineering challenge was to build a craft as large as possible whilst still aerodynamic enough to fly the distance. The Braunschweig team’s plane not only surpassed that threshold with an 18-metre flight, it smashed the record for a paper plane’s wingspan.  With an 18-metre wingspan, it took the accolade off the previous record holders, the Delft University of Technology in Netherlands, by four metres. Their record was set in 1995.

54-foot-span Paper Airplane Breaks Record!
The team, including nine university students, four members of staff and one school student, had been working on the record-breaking bid for months. They had a set-back in November, however, when the prototype’s wing snapped off before they could launch it.

54-foot-span Paper Airplane Breaks Record!

The launch was a tense moment for the whole team: “We were all really excited and then suddenly broke into cheering,” said university spokesman Elisabeth Hoffmann.  Better still, for the team members, the record-breaking project counted towards their degrees: “In engineering degrees, students sit tests in which they have to build special structures out of paper and glue”, Hoffmann explained, calling the project “pure engineering excellence”.

54-foot-span Paper Airplane Breaks Record!

Updated: July 27, 2015 — 2:26 PM
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