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The Longest

Paper Plane duration records
The longest UK (ex-World Record) duration of a flight by a paper aircraft, indoors, is 20.9 seconds. This was achieved by Chris Edge of British Aerospace Defence LTD, and Andy Currey from the Defence Evaluation Research Agency.

By an amazing coincidence they both recorded exactly the same time and on consecutive throws. "The Guinness Book of Records" allowed two World Record holders, because this record is about the times set at the same event. This record was established on 28th July 1996 at Cardington Airship Hangars (shown below) in Bedfordshire, England.

Ken Blackburn (above right), first set the record in 1983 (16.89 seconds), resetting it in 1987 (17.2 sec), 1994 (18.8 sec) lost the record in 1996 to Chris Edge and Andy Curry, and set the current record of 27.6 seconds on 10/8/98 in the Georgia Dome.



Longest Caterpillar

Over 400 units of Tomoko Fuse's caterpillar were made resulting in a model 381.9 feet long on the 7th January 1999 at Hatfield Heath UK A sixty strong sales force were instructed by Rick Beech and Larry Hart (UK). The result was authenticated as a new world record by Guinness scrutineers (BOS magazine no. 195)

Longest Cobra
This model by Ron Koh was folded by 15 members of the Singapore Origami Group during the Giant Paper Land event in March 2003 at Sentosa Island, Singapore. The Cobra was 45.49 meters long.

Longest DNA
As part of the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA, Alex Bateman made this 20 metre long paper DNA model. The Photo was taken in the Sanger Sequencing Centre where 1/3 of the human genome sequence was carried out.

Longest jump by an origami frog
Lisa Hodson, USA, reported that, under controlled conditions (a flat surface of paper over hard wood floor and no draft), a leap of 74.7 cm was achieved by a variation of the American Jumping Frog by Kennedy published in a FOCA annual (1992?). The frog was folded out of a 15 cm square of white photocopy paper with the grain of the paper from top to bottom at step 1 of folding (the length of folded frog was approximately 5.5 cm). Lisa did not record the date, but it was in April 1994. Excluding this jump, this particular frog had a mean jump length of about 30 cm. Lisa scientifically demonstrated that for this particular frog model folded out of photocopy paper, the orientation of the paper grain does not significantly affect jump length.

World Record – Distance
The longest distance flown by a paper aircraft launched indoors, from the ground, is 193ft (58.82m) This was achieved by Tony Fletch of Wisconsin, USA at the La Crosse Centre on 21st May 1985 and is a world record. The distance flown is almost equal to the length of a Jumbo Jet, and much further than the first flight by one of the Wright brothers.

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