Record-breaking paper plane flies 252 feet from South Korea straight into Guinness World Records
- Paper airplane enthusiasts have broken the Guinness World Record for the furthest flight of a paper airplane in South Korea.
- Designed by a team of three, the paper plane flew 252 feet and 7 inches (77.134 meters).
- All eight attempts, including the shortest throw, surpassed the previous world record of 226 feet 10 inches.
Even the shortest throw of the “Shin Kim Chee Team”, however, would have been enough to break the previous record of 69.14 meters (226 feet 10 inches) achieved by the American duo of quarterbacks Joe Ayoob and John M Collins who has held on for 10 years since February 2012.
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“I was convinced that Shin and Kim could easily break the record,” Chee told Guinness.
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We did a 78m indoor test flight two months before the official attempt. Our goal was to fly at least 75m so it wouldn’t be easy for potential contenders.
The seemingly simple mechanics of paper airplane flight are actually not child’s play. The successful world record attempt is an amazing feat of an understanding of aerodynamics and several variables.
“Former distance record holder John M. Collins used Conqueror CX22 100GSM,” says Shin, “which is one of the stiffest, highest quality 100GSM papers in the world. So we also used CX22 for the record attempt.”
Interestingly, Malaysian designer Chee has never met Kim and Shin, despite having known them for almost a decade – not even during the world record attempt. The three have only ever collaborated via email and social media.