A 'science' project for high school kids normally involves making a poster of the periodic table, or perhaps torching things with a small gas burner if your science teacher is a bit Walter White. If you're also a cadet with the Civil Aviation Patrol, on the other hand, you can make a computer-controlled, record-breaking paper airplane.

To achieve the record-breaking height (96,563 feet), the students attached their one-pound plane to a helium weather balloon, then launched it upwards. Eventually, the balloon burst, the on-board computer (yes, this paper airplane had a computer) severed the tether, and the plane glided 81.9 miles before landing.


This man is not a high schooler, but he IS the supervisor of the high school group.

Photo credit: 1st Lt Gary Brown

[Fox Valley Composite Squadron via Gizmag]