While most people think of a paper airplane as something you construct while staving off boredom during detention, John Collins has elevated the practice to an art form which combines engineering, origami, and aeronautical theories. As a result, one of his gliders currently holds the world record for longest flight at a staggering distance of 226 feet and 10 inches.

Wired recently caught up with Collins to discuss his designs – which run the gamut from the aforementioned glider – to others which seem to mimic the movements of butterflies. And for those eager to try them out, Collins also provides a detailed breakdown of his record-setting glider.

For more paper airplane design, check out this replica model of an a Boeing 777 which took 10 years to build.

Words by Alec Banks
Features Editor

Alec Banks is a Los Angeles-based long-form writer with over a decade of experience covering fashion, music, sports, and culture.

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