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Pilot Invents Remote-Controlled Paper Airplane


Paper airplanes have gone high-tech. A former pilot invented a gadget that transforms a paper airplane into a remote-controlled aircraft. Called the PowerUp 3.0, it works like this. Once you’ve folded an airplane, you attach the PowerUp 3.0 to the crease in the middle of the plane. This battery-powered gadget has a propeller on one end that gives the plane a boost as it flies. And, on the other end, is a device that receives incoming signals. It links up to a special app on your smartphone, which lets you to steer the plane. To change the airplane’s direction, you simply tilt your phone from left to right.

According to its designer, the PowerUp 3.0 allows a paper airplane to fly for 10 minutes straight before the unit has to be recharged. And the gadget is made to last. That means it shouldn’t break... no matter how many crash landings your paper airplane makes!

Try making your own fierce flyer.

  • [+] True or false, over 200 paper planes were once launched from a weather balloon as it floated in outer space.


  • [+] True or false, he longest flying time for a paper airplane is 29.2 seconds.


  • [+] True or false, an Australian teen recently made a paper plane that can “fly” underwater.


  • [+] True or false, there is a paper airplane museum in Hawaii that houses about 2,000 planes. 


  • [+] True or false, a 12-year-old boy designed the world’s longest paper airplane. It’s 14 m (45 ft.) long, or longer than a school bus.