Paper airplanes are generally made to fly across the room, but some people take the art of making a paper airplane to a whole different level. Joe Ayoob, a former college quarterback, recently flew a paper airplane 226 feet, 10 inches. If his flight is properly verified, he'll break the previous Guinness World Records flight by Stephen Kreiger in 2003. Mr. Krieger flew his paper airplane 207 feet, 4 inches and was actually present during Mr. Ayoob's record breaking attempt.
You can watch a video clip from Mr. Ayoob's record breaking attempt on the ESPN website. Note that he did not actually fold the plane he used. The aircraft was designed by John Collins, a producer at KRON-TV in San Francisco who has studied origami since he was a child. Mr. Collins stated that he did not have the necessary arm strength to challenge the world record.
If you want to try making paper airplanes that really soar, you'll need to understand the principles of aerodynamics. This is a subject that can be studied endlessly, but you can find a few basic tips to help you get started in the About Origami article Learn How to Fold the Perfect Paper Airplane. Then, if you want to challenge the new world record, it's up to you to find someone with the strength and finesse necessary to send your plane flying!