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Fox Valley Composite Squadron to make 2nd attempt at paper airplane world record

WEST CHICAGO – After falling short of breaking a Guinness World Record earlier this month, Fox Valley Composite Squadron will again try to set a new record for the highest paper airplane flight from a high-altitude balloon.

The launch will take place at about 11 a.m. Dec. 28 at Kankakee Airport, 1520 S. State Route 115 in Kankakee, but members of the public may also view the attempt at Civil Air Patrol’s Illinois Wing Headquarters at DuPage Airport, 32W581 Tower Road in West Chicago. Fox Valley Composite Squadron is the local unit of the Civil Air Patrol.

"Mission Control" at DuPage Airport will have full aircraft tracking abilities and live radio and video feeds from the Kankakee launch site.

Activities at both locations will begin at 10 a.m.

During the Fox Valley Composite Squadron's last attempt, the paper aircraft and the weather balloon carrying it into the sky encountered violent Jet Stream winds at 51,585 feet, causing the aircraft to collide with the balloon and rupture it in three places.

The project was part of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning
experience for the squadron's cadet program for children ages 12 to 17.

As part of the second attempt, the airplane is expected to be released at an altitude of 100,000 feet for its record-breaking flight. The current record for the highest paper airplane flight is 89,591 feet.

For more information, visit the Fox Valley Composite Squadron’s Near-Space Balloon Project website at www.foxcap.org/content/nearspaceballoon.

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