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Launch of the 45-foot Arturo's Desert Eagle paper airplane caught on film [VIDEO]

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The Pima Air & Space Museum, located in Tucson, Ariz. in Pima County, launched a 45-foot paper airplane with a 24-foot wingspan earlier this week.

Wednesday, the 800-pound aircraft was lifted into the air by a helicopter and released. Aeronautical engineers designed the aircraft, which was inspired by 12-year-old Tucson resident Arturo Valdenegro. Valdenegro's paper airplane flew the farthest during competition against hundreds of other children in a regional paper airplane distance contest held at the museum in January.

The giant paper plane was dubbed Arturo's Desert Eagle. During earlier test flights, it had suffered some damage that required some quick repairs before its final flight.

It's not the world's largest paper airplane, ever. At the very least, we know of a NASA paper airplane that was 98 feet in size.

Watch Arturo's Desert Eagle's flight into history below.

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