Overcast
42°FOvercastFull Forecast

Ill. group misses paper airplane world record

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

WEST CHICAGO – A Civil Air Patrol unit from West Chicago didn't manage to set a new world record for the highest paper airplane flight.

The Fox Valley Composite Squadron's attempted record fell short Sunday when the paper airplane attached to a large helium weather balloon climbed to only 51,000 feet.

It was about 30,000 feet short of the world record that had been set in Spain in 2010. The group had hoped their balloon would climb to more than 100,000 feet. It eventually landed near Monticello, Ind.

The group says they're disappointed they didn't break the record. But say the experiment was a learning experience for the squadron's cadets, who range in age from 12 to 17.

Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Daily Chronicle.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

More News

Watch Now

Player embeded on all DDC instances for analytics purposes.

NIU-Ohio postgame: Rod Carey

More videos »

Reader Poll

What percentage of your holiday shopping will you do at locally owned stores?
Less than 10 percent
10 to 20 percent
20 to 40 percent
40 to 60 percent
More than 60 percent