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Every small boy’s fantasy has been lived out by engineer Art Thompson and workers at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Eloy, Arizona. They hooked up a 13.7-meter-long paper airplane to a helicopter, dragged it to a height of 1219 meters, and released it over the desert. The plane, dubbed Arturo’s Desert Eagle, glided 1.5 kilometers before making a spectacular crash landing.
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Willie Jones is an associate editor at IEEE Spectrum. In addition to editing and planning daily coverage, he manages several of Spectrum's newsletters and contributes regularly to the monthly Big Picture section that appears in the print edition.