800-pound paper airplane takes flight

The Pima Air & Space Museum in Arizona celebrated its Great Paper Airplane launch on Wednesday with the maiden voyage of a 45-foot, 800-pound paper aircraft.

The design was inspired by 12-year-old paper airplane distance contest winner Aturo Valdenegro. The Tucson boy won the honor of meeting engineers who oversaw the design and construction of the massive paper plane after claiming first prize in the museum’s competition, held in January.

Organizers lifted the paper aircraft by helicopter up approximately 2,703 feet before letting it sail.
 

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