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Paper planes take to the skies

Coventry Editorial 12th Mar, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

PAPER planes were flying high at Warwick University last week as students took part in one of the world’s most prestigious paper plane competition.

Over 50 competitors battled it out in the University’s sports hall as part of one of the Red Bull Paper Wings qualifying competitions being held around the country.

Applicants were each given a single sheet of paper and competed in the Longest Distance, Longest Airtime and Aerobatics categories, while an audience of 180 spectators cheered them on.

Pip Buckingham-Arnold, a second-year Biological Sciences student, won the longest distance competition with a whopping 27.70m throw, while International Business with Spanish student, Lucas Letellier, took home the award for the longest airtime, with a time of 4.35 seconds.

A panel of judges, equipt with scorecards, judged the aerobatics round – handing the trophy to final year physics student, John McGuiness, with a score of 28/30.

Pip, Lucas and John will now progress to the next stage, and are all one step closer to qualifying for the world Paper Wings Final held in Salzburg, Austria from May 8 to May 9.

Above – John McGuiness (R) beat best friend Richard Belton to first place in the Aerobatics Trophy. s

Left – Aerobatics judges L to R: Joshua Ballantine-Dykes, Craig Nannestad and 4th year Engineering student, Rachel Lee Warren, award one of the Aerobatics participants with an ‘8’. s

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