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Massachusetts city aims to set world record for largest paper plane

/ 03:19 PM June 12, 2018

Fitchburg, Massachusetts — Residents of a Massachusetts city are hoping to break the world record for largest paper airplane.

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The Revolving Museum of Fitchburg is revealing a nearly one-ton (0.9-metric ton) plane Tuesday at the Fitchburg Municipal Airport. Volunteers have spent more than three years planning and building the plane.

Organizers say they don’t plan to fly the 64-foot long (19.5-meter), 1,500-pound (680-kilogram) contraption. A construction crane will instead hold it aloft. An independent monitor also will be on hand to measure and document the plane on behalf of the Guinness World Record organization.

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The plane project is meant to spotlight Fitchburg’s history as a major paper producer.

Guinness World Records says the largest paper aircraft was built by students and employees at the Braunschweig Institute of Technology in Braunschweig, Germany in 2013.  /vvp

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