I was reading a magazine this weekend (magazines count as reading!), and found this. From Time magazine’s “The 50 Best Inventions of 2009”:
In early April, Takuo Toda, chairman of the Japan Origami Airplane Association, set the world record for the longest flight by a paper airplane: he bested the previous record of 27.6 sec. by 0.3 sec. Toda’s record-breaking design, called the Sky King, was made from a single sheet of paper, with no cuts and no gluing. He aspires to launch his planes one day from space — and then retrieve them once they’ve sailed to Earth.
It was wild that a paper airplane was considered one of the best inventions. You’d think it would be some crazy machine or cure or something. I followed the plans in the magazine and made it. It’s easy except for some steps near the end that are a little tricky. It flies pretty well!
I found a YouTube video of the record-breaking flight, and another great video of how to make it. Give it a try!