Photo: Making Paper Airplanes

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These boys are folding paper airplanes as part of the Bicentennial Folk Festival at Horner Museum. Although no one knows exactly when people began flying paper planes, there are references to the practice in the early 1900s. They have been used to experiment with aerodynamic design, but mostly are made for fun. A Paper Aircraft Association, formed in 1989, sponsors contest. The record for the longest time aloft is 27.6 seconds; the record for the longest indoor flight is 193 feet.


Making paper airplanes


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