AirCorps Aviation partners with BCHS to host Paper Airplane Contest

The Beltrami County Historical Society and AirCorps Aviation partnered on July 9 to host a youth airplane making contest.

Paper Airplane Contest participants take a tour of AirCorps Aviation.
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The Beltrami County Historical Society and AirCorps Aviation partnered on July 9 to host a youth airplane making contest.

The contest was hosted in honor of the Historical Society’s Century of Toys and Games exhibit currently on display at the history center in Bemidji.

Children ages 6-12 were invited to bring their own paper airplane designs or select from designs available on site. Approximately 15 children participated in the free event, a release said.

Paper Airplane Contest participants try out their airplanes at AirCorps Aviation.

Each participant was given three opportunities to launch their airplanes down a makeshift runway. From there the participants were judged on which airplane flew the farthest distance. The longest distance an airplane got was over 90 feet, the release said.

Paper Airplane Contest participants pose in front of a mid-restoration WWII-era P-47D-30-RA Thunderbolt at AirCorps Aviation.

First-place winner Jace received a family membership to the Historical Society, a gift card, and an AirCorps T-shirt. Runners-up Gavin and Ethan also received AirCorps T-shirts, and all participants received AirCorps and Historical Society stickers, the release added.


“We had a great turnout for the paper airplane competition. There were clearly some young aircraft engineers in the making," Mark Adams of AirCorps Aviation shared. "It is awesome to see so many young people in Beltrami County who are interested in aviation. We love having the opportunity to share our passion for innovation and creativity with the community.”

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