South Korean paper plane breaks world record, flies 252 feet
- A new world has been set by paper plane enthusiasts
- They sent a paper plane that flew 252 feet and 7 inches
- It broke the previous record of 226 feet and 10 inches
A team of three designed, folded and threw the paper plane to break the world record.
Kim Kyu Tae and Shin Moo Joon from South Korea, as well as Chee Yie Jian/Julian from Malaysia, collaborated on the glider.
Kim Kyu Tae threw the paper plane eight times, clocking 77.134 metres (252 ft 7 in) in the farthest throw and 71.813 metres (235 ft 6 in) in the shortest, according to Guinness World Records.
Even the shortest throw of the "Shin Kim Chee Team" would have been enough to break the previous record.
The previous record was 69.14 metres (226ft 10 in) set by the American duo of quarterback Joe Ayoob and John M. Collins in February 2012, which had stood for ten years.
“I felt confident that Shin and Kim can easily break the record,” Chee Yie Jian told Guinness.
“Two months before the official attempt, we flew a 78-meter indoor test flight. Our goal was to fly at least 75 metres, making it difficult for potential competitors,” Chee continued.
Shin Moo Joon added, “Former distance record holder John M. Collins used Conqueror CX22 100GSM, which is one of the stiffest and highest quality 100GSM papers in the world. Thus, we also used CX22 for the record attempt.’
Despite knowing Kim and Shin for nearly a decade, Malay designer Chee has never met them - not even during the world record attempt. They've only ever communicated via email and social media.
The successful world record attempt is a massive accomplishment of aerodynamic efficiency and several other parameters.