National Paper Airplane Day

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National Paper Airplane Day
A paper airplane held up at a rally in Kaliningrad
ObservancesCreating and flying paper airplanes; flight time and distance contests
DateMay 26
Next time26 May 2021 (2021-05-26)

National Paper Airplane Day is an unofficial observance, celebrated on May 26[1] each year in the United States to commemorate the simple aeronautical toy.

Paper airplane day celebrations typically include social gatherings at which participants create and fly paper airplanes. These events often feature contests in two basic flight categories: "distance" and "time in air". As of 2012, Takuo Toda holds the world record for the longest time in air (27.9 seconds).[2] The distance record (226 feet, 10 inches or 69.14 meters) was set by Joe Ayoob, with a plane constructed by John Collins, in February 2012.[3]


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  2. ^ Ryall, Julian (18 May 2009). "Japanese man sets record for paper plane flight". The Telegraph. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  3. ^ Letzing, John (17 May 2012). "Paper Plane Champ Watches His Record Fly, Fly Away". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 15 October 2012.

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