Art Thompson Is On Board

To help us build what will possibly be the largest paper airplane ever to fly (and maybe the largest ever constructed period), we need a special breed of person to lead us. Someone who is part aviation genius, part lunatic. And ladies and gentlemen, we’ve found him.

Art Thompson has agreed to lead our team of engineers and builders! Over his career, Art is responsible for some of the wildest and most impressive projects in aviation, film and beyond. Check out Art’s full bio here. Are we thrilled to have Art on our team? In a pseudo-word, uh-huh.

6 thoughts on “Art Thompson Is On Board

  1. Sara January 5, 2012 at 2:13 am -

    You are all heros, just as any scientist or engineer is a hero in my eyes. It’s my hope, that scientists and engineers begin being seen that way, by our upcoming generation. You see, for centuries, we’ve had accomplished, and contributing scientists and engineers out there, however, our last few generations only aspire to be like movie stars, pop artists, and athletes. I only, “wish” I had half of your skill and talent! As a school founder and director, as well as a middle school teacher, I instead, have the opportunity to inspire kids to pursue math and science, so they can themselves, add to the field! Best to you all, and I plan to check out the competition, and the ultimate launch in February.

  2. Kelly V.Saige March 24, 2012 at 12:28 am -

    Hi to Mr.Art Thompsom, I was watching channel 7 out here in Northern Virginia day before yesterday. I saw how a young child had help and built one of the largest paper airplanes in the world and to fly it. I’m very happy to see young students doing such projects. Currently I have for more than forty years now on and off designed and built paper airplanes. The design that was flown on youtube I did build a simular design but alittle changes here and there. The design that I worked with many years ago I started like the one flown but the change is near the foward wing. Up by the neck cut into the wing on both sides alittle. Fold the new flaps up and now they will act as forward canard wings. This will stabilize the foward nose and the plane will fly farther and fly very gracefully threw the air and will fly along distance until it lands. Might even break the longest distance record for large model. I as a kid spent many hours designing paper airplanes and had wonderful success. I currently work at DullesAirport for the Security outside the gates. I enjoy watching aircraft and Was permitted to walk around inside the Concord before it was stopped. I’m Married and have two daughters. My wife is a preschool teacher and we live in Reston Va. Feel free to contact me if interested because I can send paper airplanes models to him if he’s interested. I do have designs of varous planes if interested. Yours Mr.KellySaige

    • admin March 24, 2012 at 2:31 pm -

      Hi Kelly,

      We will be sure to let Art know your offer.

      Thank you,
      Pima Air & Space Museum

  3. Mr.Kelly V.Saige March 24, 2012 at 11:44 pm -

    To Pima Air & Space Museum, Thankyou for taking your time to answer my letter. If you or the Museum would like for me to send the designs and some paper airplane model’s, who do I send it to and what place? Let me know, Thankyou. Yours Mr.KellySaige. My Dad and Mom and family are from New Mexico. My Dad used to work For NavSea Command in Crystal City near Washington DC.

    • admin March 25, 2012 at 3:37 pm -

      Hi Mr. Kelly,

      Please feel free to send the designs to

      If you’d like to send it to a physical address, please send them here:

      Office of the Executive Director
      6000 E. Valencia Rd.
      Tucson, Arizona 85756

      Thank you,
      Pima Air & Space Museum

  4. Kelly V.Saige March 25, 2012 at 10:41 pm -

    Thankyou again, This week I will send the paper airplane model’s and instructions on paper and designs. These designs that I tested back in the late 70’s flew excellent. I ‘ll tell you that the children will be amazed at how well they fly and how far. One time My friends were flying my designs and a car came down our street where I used to live, my paper airplane was caught in the back draft and fly all the way down the street until the car turned. The student that flew his giant paper airplane needed extra lift on the front section. If you look at the nose and go back to where the wing starts, from there count about two to two half feet back. On both side cut on both sides inwards about one foot. bend up the flaps on both sides. The flaps should be straight up. These are front stabilizers for the paper aircraft. Leave the rear wing flaps where they are. I’ll show a newer version design that will fly very fast and glide to the ground very gently. You can share my designs with the children students. Thanks again. Yours Mr.KellySaige

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