NTMEC secures Guinness World Record in honour of Great Air Race

Students from seven Darwin schools have officially set a Guinness World Record for the most people making paper aircrafts simultaneously at multiple venues.

A total of 2,292 students folded paper aircrafts for a 15 minute period, resulting in 14,964 paper planes being created. A minimum of 1,943 participants were needed to secure the world record.

Darwin High School, Darwin Middle School, Parap, Stuart Park, Ludmilla, Larrakeyah and Nightcliff Primary Schools all took part in the world record between 8.50am and 9.05am ACST today.

Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC) General Manager Tim Watsford congratulated all of the schools involved in achieving the Guinness World Record.

“The world record has been a really fun way to get the community involved in the Great Air Race Centenary celebrations and I’m sure all of the staff and students have had a lot of fun,” he said.

Guinness World Record Adjudicator Solvej Malouf also congratulated the participants on the world record.

“I am so happy and proud to award this to NTMEC who will hold the record on behalf of the collective of seven Darwin schools,” she said. 

The Guinness World Record Attempt forms part of the program of events celebrating the Great Air Race Centenary.

Along with a commemorative plaque to acknowledge the schools’ involvement in the world record, a tree will be planted at each school in honour of the Great Air Race Centenary and to offset the paper used as part of the world record event.

Parap Primary School Principal Yvonne Harding said staff and students were very excited to have achieved the Guinness World Record.

“The event has been a fantastic way for our students to learn about the Great Air Race in its centenary year,” she said. 

The event was operated by Northern Territory Major Events Company, who will hold the official Guinness World Record for the most people making paper planes simultaneously on behalf of the collective schools.