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An “unpure” paper dart has all-but claimed the world record for the longest paper airplane flight.

American football quarterback Joe Ayoob’s mighty ball-tossing right arm launched a paper plane 69.1 metres, beating the previous mark by nearly six metres. The plane climbed fast, descended sharply but picked up sufficient speed in its descent to enter a glide phase lasting many metres to ease past the old mark.

The plane used complied with Guinness World Record rules that allow use of a small strip of sellotape, a practice dubbed “unpure” by Australian paper plane guru Dylan Parker.

Parker says his new, tape-free, design should reach the 60 metre mark and hopes to unleash the weapon at the World Championships this May and to better his previous third place at the event.

But Guinness World Records is not yet willing to sign off on Ayoob’s toss, as it was not present at the event. The organisations says it is “awaiting evidence in order to verify if a record has been broken.”

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