The longest distance flown by a paper airplane.


The longest distance flight by a paper airplane

The Guinness Record Worlds for the longest flight by a paper airplane is 69.14 meters (226 feet 10 inches), achieved by Joe Ayoob and aircraft designer John M. Collins (both USA), at McClellan Air Force Base, in North Highlands, California, USA on 26 February 2012. The plane was constructed from a single sheet of uncut A4 paper. Joe Ayoob flew the aircraft designed by John M. Collins.


The Last 3 Guiness Record

Only 3 Record Guinness have been achieved under the category “longest flight by paper airplane”. We will do a brief review of each one of these:


Anthony Lee “Tony” Fletch: World record (1985-2003) 193 feet (58.82m)

Tony Fletch 1975

In 1985 Tony Fletch designed, built and thrown a paper airplane and imposed the first record guiness for the longest distance flown by a paper aircraft launched indoors, in the ground.

The origami airplane flew 193ft (58.82m) This was achieved at the La Crosse Centre, when he studied in Lumber Grading School, Wisconsin, USA on 21st May 1985. The distance flown is almost equal to the length of a Jumbo Jet, and much further than the first flight by one of the Wright brothers. Tony was 26 years old when he imposed the Record Guinness

Unfortunately we not found technical information, photos, or videos about the aircraft used by Tony, but we believe that it was a Dart Airplane, since this type of paper airplane was the most popular for that time.

Tony died in Jun. 21, 2012 in La Crosse County Wisconsin, USA


Stephen Kreiger: World record (2003-2012) 207 feet, 4 inches

Stephen-Kreiger-2012In 2003 Stephen Kreiger designed, built and thrown a paper airplane that he call the “Sorolach”, which imposed a new record guiness of 207 feet, 4 inches (63.19m) in an aircraft hangar in Moses Lake, Washington, in September 2003.
The Sorolach was a paper plane type Dart modified, belonging to the category of hunters. The Dart Sorolach flew 207 feet, 4 inches (63.19m) with a near consistent speed. 63m/3s = 21 m/second.

how to fold the Sorolach

Sorolach Stephen Kreiger was only 15 when he made his monster throw of 207′ 4″, unfortunately if you search for “Stephen Kreiger dart Sorolach how to paper fold”, you won’t find instructions. He never published, but below we reproduce an interview with Stephen Kreiger after having obtained the record. Additionally we will show the original paper airplane photos and the video of the launch when it obtains the guinesss record.“Leaping Flame” . Its design has come about over four years of trial and error.”Meet Sorolach: the paper “airplane” which holds the world indoor distance record. Sorolach is really more like a paper arrow or javelin than an airplane, and that is why it flies so far. Why build a glider when you could have a missile? You have probably seen more than one plane with this same idea behind its design, so what makes Sorolach so different that it holds the world record? The key: get that paper into the nose!!
One important rule when building any type of aircraft is that more weight in the nose increases stability. In the case of paper airplanes, you have probably seen that adding a paper clip or two to the nose increases the speed at which your plane flies. This extra weight also allows you to throw your plane harder because you have decreased the lift-to-weight ratio. Now you might be thinking, “So if adding a paper clip to the nose makes a paper airplane go farther, why not put a dozen or so of the things on there and hurl it like a baseball?” Well, Guinness must have thought of that too because paper clips or any other weights are forbidden in their rules.This is where the trick to Sorolach’s success comes in. The only weight to put in the nose is the very paper itself. But, because of another rule stating that “no part of the paper may be cut off and then reattached,” the only way to get a lot of paper into the nose was to invent an original folding method. That is exactly what Sorolach is: the embodiment of two years of seeking this new method.Sorolach Great, now that we’ve got a whole bunch of paper in the nose, what does the rest of the plane look like? Why does Sorolach have virtually no wings? Look back at the first paragraph. Sorolach is a missile, an arrow, not an “airplane.” So, naturally, it has extremely high aspect ratio wings (aspect ratio = 2 * (mean chord length) / (wing span)). The wings are really more a sort of paper fletching. But why?? Wouldn’t it be even better if the wings were broader? Well, no. When Sorolach is launched, it is thrown like a cross between a baseball and a javelin. It flies so fast that wings any bigger would create too much lift. This would normally be a good thing for a paper airplane, but in this case it is not. You see, Sorolach does not always fly right side up. It is almost rotation symmetric when viewed along its longitudinal axis, and it has to be. This ensures that the same lift vector is generated no matter what the plane’s orientation. Wings with a high aspect ratio also help reduce drag at high speeds. More on this later.


Video Record Guinness of Stephen Kreiger Launch

The video shows the same flight from three different angles for the Record Guinness for The Largest Distance Flown by a Paper Aircraft Launched Indoors from the Ground. The video is a recording of the previous world record. The plane flew 207 feet, 4 inches (63.19m), and was thrown by Stephen Kreiger in an aircraft hangar in Moses Lake, Washington, in September 2003.


Joe Ayoob /John Collins: World record (2012-today)226 feet, 10 inches

 Joe Ayoob - John Collins 2012

Joe Ayoob, left, throwing a paper airplane folded by John Collins, right, on Feb. 26. The throw set a world record.

The Guinness World Record flight for “longest indoor distance flown by a paper airplane” has been broken. On Feb. 26, former college football quarterback Joe Ayoob threw a paper airplane that soared almost the entire length of a hangar at McLellan Air Force Base near Sacramento, Calif. The fold piece of paper covered a distance of 226 feet, 10 inches, or three-fourths of the length of a football field.
The paper plane flew more than nine feet further than the previous record, achieving a distance of 226ft, 10in (69.1m). Designed by John Collins, who has designed aeroplanes for many years, the paper plane was made from 100gsm, A4 paper and a very small piece of sticky tape.
The record-setting plane was folded by John Collins, the self-proclaimed “Paper Airplane Guy.” Collins has been designing paper planes since childhood and has studied origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. He shares his knowledge and appreciation for paper airplanes through demonstrations at craft fairs, as well as his website and YouTube channel.
“I grew up making paper airplanes,” Joe Ayoob told ESPN. “I used to make paper airplanes and throw them all the way home from school when I was little. So it was kind of up my alley. I thought it was a cool idea. “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.”


Video Record Guinness of Stephen Joe Ayoob

Footage shows the plane soaring high up in the hangar then making a worrying descent close to the floor. Huge cheers erupted as the plane finally flew past the world record marker. The paper plane flew more than nine feet further than the previous record, achieving a distance of 226ft, 10in (69.1m) Designed by John Collins, who has designed aeroplanes for many years, the paper plane was made from 100gsm, A4 paper and a very small piece of sticky tape.


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