Santa Monica, CA (USA) – Forget cockpits, jet engines and the sweet smell of kerosene. All the equipment needed is an ordinary, commercial sheet of paper. Prepare your bodies, minds, and folding fingers, Red Bull Paper Wings has touched down in the United States of America. The recipe for success requires a strong dose of exceptional folding abilities as well as creativity, imagination, and a grasp of basic aeronautic rules.
March 6th, 2015 marks the official launch for a fleet of United States Qualiflying events from Los Angeles to New York City and on a multitude of college campuses all over the country. 2000 students will throw, sling and hurl their paper aircrafts in 70 qualiflying events for the chance to represent the USA at the World Finals at Hangar-7 in Salzburg Austria, home of the acrobatic Flying Bulls.
Fold it, calibrate it and check the aerodynamics before releasing the plan for a place in the record books. More than 37,000 fierce competitors from 83 countries took part in the qualifiers in 2012 and that number is set to rise this year as they chase to dethrone Lebanon’s Elie Chemaly, who won with the longest airtime of 10.68 seconds in 2012. Tomas Beck from the Czech Republic is the titleholder when it comes to distance with a flight of 50.37 meters. Ryan Naccarato and Poland’s Tomasz Chodryra both shared the aerobatics world title last time.
Head to the Qualiflying page to find an event near you! See if you have what it takes to represent the USA at the World Finals at Hangar-7!
Ground control to pilots, prepare for takeoff…