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An Arizona aircraft museum reckons it has taken the record for the launch of the biggest ever paper plane: a 45ft (13.7m) long monster which glided to Earth last week from a height of 2,703ft (824m). Pima Air & Space Museum's hefty 800lb (363kg) Arturo's Desert Eagle needed a helicopter to haul its 24ft (7.3m) wingspan off the …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    a lively landing

    you can say that again...

    1. Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
      Coat

      Re: a lively landing - Background Music

      Daa-Daa-Dum, Da-Da-Dum Da-Da-Dum Da-Da-Dum Da-Da-Dum Da-Da-Dum (repeat ad-nausum using 3 chords)

      Riding on a big white paperplane

      Getting seasick, sorry once again

      Landing strip is getting nearer

      Hope the fog lifts, make it clearer

      Then I realised my paperplane

      Wasn’t really up there with me.....

      With apologies to Status Quo

    2. Frederic Bloggs
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      Re: a lively landing

      By all accounts, it came straight down.

      It was in the air for approx 15 seconds from ~2500 or 4000 ft, depending one who's account one reads. This does not, IMHO, constitute "flying". I think the ElReg Special Project Dept. ought to have some strong words. Incompetent plagiarism would be a good starting point...

      One of my folded A4 sheet of paper airplanes would have taken *minutes* to get down from that height.

      1. Lester Haines (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

        Re: Re: a lively landing

        Well, that explains the lacking of a "landing" video, then.

  2. Miek

    Who'd have thought the Teddy would jump ?

    1. Graham Marsden
      Happy

      I hope the teddy...

      ... had a parachute!

  3. frank ly Silver badge
    Stop

    They forgot .....

    ... to stick a Playmobil pilot onto it.

  4. Tom Kelsall
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    Why...?

    Why no more video? What are they planning to do with it now?

  5. Wize

    Did they use any tape?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwaS7gkgaKM

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  7. John Smith 19 Gold badge
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    Wow

    That is one big paper plane.

  8. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge
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    So how many sheets of A4 (sorry, Letter) size paper would be needed?

    to get the equivalent amount of paper.

    Nice attempt, but could not match PARIS for altitude!

  9. ravenviz Silver badge
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    They should have put that Microsoft Word Paperclip on the front

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Rl5SOuq6-g

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Needs a nose job

    http://greatpaperairplane.org/wp-content/uploads/crash_burn_post.jpg

  11. Rodrigo Valenzuela

    It looks like and XB-70, just need a canard ...

    1. Chimp

      A canard

      Ok, I will try.

      "Your mother was your father. I fart in your general direction."

  12. cd

    Typical performance

    Sadly the museum was taken over by the kind of folks who would think this was a good idea some years ago, causing a real flight of knowledgeable docents. The flight path of the "paper" airplane parallels that of the institution.

  13. Bracken Dawson

    Looks like falling to me...

    Nuff said.

  14. styven

    Batman car video........

    Glad I clicked on the batman car video at the end of the paper plane clip, can't help feeling a bit of a treat was served up at around 9.00mins in.

  15. Blubster
    Happy

    Buzz......

    "This isn't flying, this is falling with style! "

  16. Sarev
    Mushroom

    Looked a lot like it was about to go into a nose-diving spiral to me...

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