45-Foot Paper Airplane Launched Over Arizona

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Sat, Mar 24th, 2012 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

Called the Desert Eagle, the 45-foot paper plane (well, more like corrugated carboard plane) was launched from a Sikorsky S58T helicopter at an altitude of 2,703 feet. The plane travelled at a whopping 160 Km/h before losing stabilizer control and crashing to the ground.

From the article in the Los Angeles Times:

Cheers to the Pima Air & Space Museum for flying what might be the largest paper airplane ever constructed over the Arizona desert earlier this week.

The plane, dubbed Arturo?s Desert Eagle, was 45 feet long with a 24-foot wingspan and weighed in at a whopping 800 pounds.

It was built as part of the museum's Giant Paper Airplane Project, designed to get kids psyched about aviation and engineering.

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