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Residents try to break world record for largest paper plane

  • The Revolving Museum of Fitchburg’s Project Soar paper airplane hangs from a crane at the Fitchburg Municipal Airport, Tuesday, in Fitchburg. The nearly one-ton plane, 4 feet longer than a bowling lane, is a contending entry into the Guinness World Record for World’s Largest Paper Plane. John Love /The Sentinel & Enterprise via AP

  • FITCHBURG - Art teacher from the McKay Arts Academy Kara David urges her student, Mariana Umpierrez, 12, to come out from under the wing of the giant paper plane. World's largest paper airplane event, Project Soar by the Revolving Museum, was held at the Fitchburg Airport. Tuesday, June 12, 2018. [T&G Staff/Christine Peterson] Christine Peterson

  • FITCHBURG - Students, cheer when their school is recpgnized for their participation in the structure of the plane. World's largest paper airplane event, Project Soar by the Revolving Museum, was held at the Fitchburg Airport. Tuesday, June 12, 2018. [T&G Staff/Christine Peterson] Christine Peterson

  • FITCHBURG - World's largest paper airplane event, Project Soar by the Revolving Museum, was held at the Fitchburg Airport. Volunteers checked the plane and make adjustments after it bent in the middle. Although high winds limited the elevation of the plane, it was hoisted by a crane and the criteria met for setting a record. Tuesday, June 12, 2018. [T&G Staff/Christine Peterson] Christine Peterson


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

FITCHBURG (AP) — Residents of a Massachusetts city are hoping to set a world record for the largest paper airplane.

The Revolving Museum of Fitchburg revealed a 64-foot-long plane at the Fitchburg Municipal Airport on Tuesday. Volunteers have spent more than three years planning and building the plane. There was no plan to fly the 1,500-pound contraption.

Fitchburg artist Jerry Beck tells the Sentinel & Enterprise he wanted to break the world record for the largest paper airplane to take flight but the hangar it was built in was too small to accommodate a wide enough wing span to support the glue-shallacked plane.

A construction crane held the plane aloft.

Two people measured the plane at 64 feet and 6 inches long, which Beck says makes it is the largest of its kind. He's asking Guinness World Records to add a new category.

Guinness World Records says the largest paper aircraft was built by students and employees at the Braunschweig Institute of Technology in Braunschweig, Germany, in 2013.