At the Maker Faire this weekend, John Collins (aka “the Paper Airplane Guy”) talked about his recent record-setting paper airplane flight that sailed 226 feet and 10 inches, smashing the previous record held by Stephen Kreiger by almost 20 feet.
While Collins designed the glider himself, he didn’t actually throw it. Instead, he hired Joe Ayoob, a former quarterback for the University of California-Berkeley, to make the toss. Since then, several “professional” paper airplane throwers have cried foul, including Kreiger who said that hiring a ringer wasn’t exactly in the spirit of the competition. You can watch the record-breaking video and judge for yourself below.
Did Ayoob’s years of throwing experience give him a leg-up on the competition? Collins dismissed the controversy at Maker Faire, saying that while having a good pilot is important, having a good design is essential. For his particular design, Collins mimicked the aerodynamics of a glider, while others in the competition designed their planes to fly like a dart.