Brainpower and Arm Strength Combine for Record-Setting Paper Airplane Flight (Video)

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What happens when a paper airplane fanatic and a former college quarterback team up to break the Guinness World Record for the longest flight by a paper airplane? They shatter it.

John Collins, a producer at KRON-TV in San Francisco, has a side gig. He’s also a Paper Airplane Designer (apparently that’s a real thing), known as The Airplane Guy. Think of him as the Wright brother of paper aerospace engineering.

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For the last three or four years, Collins has been working on the ultimate fold that will take a paper airplane farther than any other paper airplane has flown before. But he knew he didn’t have the arm to launch the paper craft with enough velocity to break the record. So he enlisted professional help.

He turned to Joe Ayoob, the former University of California, Berkeley quarterback who succeeded Aaron Rodgers before playing a couple of seasons for the Chicago Bears.

And with Ayoob’s arm giving power to Collins’s design, the plane made from an ordinary sheet of paper achieved a flight of 226 feet 10 inches, crushing the standing record of 207 feet 4 inches.

So is throwing paper easier than throwing a football? Apparently not. “We made all 10 throws. The record came on the fourth throw,” Ayoob told ESPN’s Page 2. “I probably made 50 throws on the day. My body is still sore.” And that’s without a 300-lb lineman trying to take his head off.

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Does Collin’s think he can better his own record? Yes he does. According to Wired, he said Ayoob was able to throw the plane 240 feet in practice. “I don’t know how far it can go,” Collins said. “It might be capable of 300 feet.”

Any farther and Richard Branson might strap seats to it and sell tickets.

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