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The best paper airplane? A simple one

Early lesson recalled to win paper airplane contest

August 14, 1997
Web posted at: 10:51 p.m. EDT (0251 GMT)

SYDNEY, Australia (CNN) -- Aeronautical engineering students at Sydney University honed their skills Wednesday in a contest to see who could build the best airplane.

There was a catch, however: they could use only paper, glue and string. And the proof would be in which plane flew the farthest.

Tristan Timmins and his team nearly won with a novel, twin-fuselaged version that soared almost 82 feet (25 meters).

But the winner was 21-year-old Dae-han Choi, who stole the show with a plane built from a single sheet of paper. He said the secret was in folding the paper into many small triangles, creating a long narrow craft.

He learned the trick, he said, when he was in primary school in Seoul.

So much for the importance of a high-priced education....


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