Aug 9, 2012 2:17 PM
TUCSON - The 45-foot paper airplane, possibly the largest every constructed, that flew over Tucson briefly in March of this year will be on display at the Pima Air and Space Museum for a limited time.
The airplane was inspired by the design of 12-year-old Tucson resident Arturo Valdenegro, whose small-scale airplane flew farther than hundreds of other children's airplanes during a regional competition at the museum in January.
A group of engineers and aerospace experts designed and built an 800-pound version with a 24-foot wingspan. The plane flew at an altitude of 2,703 feet and reached a speed of 98 miles per hour, according to a news release from Pima Air and Space.
"This is quite possibly the largest ever constructed," said Tim Vimmerstedt, the Museum's Director of Operations and Community Affairs.
Last week, the Pima Air and Space Museum placed the giant paper plane on temporary exhibit in the Flight Central Hanger, next to a F-14 Tomcat.
Beginning August 16, the museum will have a permanent exhibit dedicated to the Great Paper Airplane Project, featuring some of planes used in the fly-off, as well as parts of the first giant paper plane.
The Second Paper Airplane Fly-Off will take place at the museum on January 26, 2013.
"We plan on making the fly-off part of our annual educational and community programming," said Vimmerstedt.
For more info on the Great Paper Airplane Project, visit: