Fitchburg residents lead effort to build the world’s largest paper airplane
When Jerry Beck’s then-8-year-old daughter came home with a handmade paper airplane one day, he never thought it would lead him down a path to breaking a world record.
Three years later, his project is just about to come to fruition.Beck, the founder of Fitchburg’s Revolving Museum — a collaborative public art organization — and a team of more than 3,000 children, artists, engineers, and residents from the region plan to launch the world’s largest paper airplane on June 12 at the Fitchburg Municipal Airport.
Will Fitchburg SOAR into record book with largest paper airplane?
FITCHBURG — Led by the city’s Revolving Museum and its founder and artist Jerry Beck, “Project Soar” is enlisting more than 5,000 young people, artists, engineers, business and civic leaders across the region to help design and build a 64-foot paper airplane that will be launched at Fitchburg Municipal Airport June 12 with a goal to break a Guinness World Record.
The project, three years in the making, was sparked by Beck’s then 10-year-old daughter Georgie Ames Beck folding and tossing a paper plane.
That got the two of them thinking, he said, about how large such a simple flying machine might be. Research revealed the current Guinness World Record for largest paper airplane was made and flown by Germany’s Braunschweig Institute of Technology in 2013 and measured just over 59.