Watch the Amazing World Record Paper Airplane Toss
The world of paper-craft aviation has a couple new heroes now that former quarterback Joe Ayoob has shattered the world record for paper airplane distance, throwing John Collins’ incredible design. The previous record, held by Stephen Kreiger, thrown back in 2003 was 207 feet and was officially beaten on February 26th, 2012 with a bar-raising distance of 226 feet and 10 inches.
While the paper airplanes that we used to make as kids landed us in detention, these two guy managed to steal a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. The record was beaten inside a hangar at McClellan Air Force Base outside Sacramento, CA. All of that open space allowed for maximum throwing distance with minimal wind resistance, but as you can see in the video above, there was almost not enough room to contain this record-breaking throw.
You may be saying to yourself, “‘So what? I’ve made plenty of paper planes in grade school.” But the California ex-quarterback had this to say about his incredible feat:
Some people might think, ‘What’s the big deal? It’s just a paper airplane.’ But it’s a world record. It took a lot of time for John, and it took a lot of time for me working with John to achieve this. … It’s very rewarding, and I’m very proud of this record.”
Be honest. Did any of the planes that you made growing up fly anywhere close to as far as this one?