American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT



paper airplane Thursday January 31, 2002. 1-4 pm Johnson Gym 2nd Floor Track Infield paper airplane

Let your imagination take to the air on wings of paper!

Come just for fun or for some serious competition.
Hack a plane together on-site or bring some masterpieces with you.
See gravity-defying flights, graceful landings, and spectacular crashes!

Over $200 in prizes will be awarded.
For each event, 1st Place will receive
a $35 gift certificate to the Cheesecake Factory,
2nd Place will receive a "sparkplug" airplane craft,
and 3rd Place will receive "The Gliding Flight," a paper airplane book.


  • Entries: Airplanes may be made beforehand or on-site. Anyone may throw the plane--you, a designated thrower, or a judge.
  • Materials: Airplanes must be made entirely of paper. Glue and cellophane tape are allowed for adhesive purposes only (not heaped on for for ballast). Paper lamination is acceptable.
  • Aesthetics event special rules: Entries are scored on two equally weighted attributes:
    1. appearance
    2. grace/aerobatics in flight.


  • 1:00 PM Commence on-site plane construction and contest sign-in
  • 2:00 PM Begin contest flights
  • 3:30 PM End contest flights
  • 3:45 PM Awards announced and issued

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