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An Arizona aircraft museum reckons it has taken the record for the launch of the biggest ever paper plane: a 45ft (13.7m) long monster which glided to Earth last week from a height of 2,703ft (824m).

Pima Air & Space Museum's hefty 800lb (363kg) Arturo's Desert Eagle needed a helicopter to haul its 24ft (7.3m) wingspan off the ground, but video of the release indicates it really did fly at up to 98mph (158km/h), even if footage of what we imagine was a lively landing isn't yet available.

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The aircraft was named in honour of Tucson lad Arturo Valderamo, 12, (pictured below with the Desert Eagle), who won a competition organised by the museum, challenging six-to-14-year-olds to fold and fly a paper plane as far as possible.

Arturo Valderamo and the Desert Eagle. Pic: Pima Air & Space Museum

Pima Air & Space Museum executive director Yvonne Morris said of the historic launch: "The arresting visual of the paper airplane in flight rekindled the childhood creativity in all of us." ®

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Arturo's Desert Eagle was constructed from "paper-based graphic board" Falconboard, which is made up of "an engineered paper core and water-based adhesives". Disappointingly, the aircraft's structure appears to contain no paper straws whatsoever.

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