Ill. Group to Attempt Paper Airplane World Record

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    A Civil Air Patrol unit from Chicago's western suburbs will try to set a new world record for the highest paper airplane flight.

    The Fox Valley Composite Squadron is scheduled to attempt the record Sunday.

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    The paper airplane will be attached to a large helium weather balloon. It will carry a one-pound payload that includes a GPS tracking device and two video cameras.

    The project is a science, technology, math and engineering learning experience for the squadron's cadets, who range in age from 12 to 17.

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    The team will track the airplane and retrieve the cameras to document the flight.

    The current record of 89,591 feet was set in 2010 in Spain.

    Members of the Fox Valley Composite Squadron say they hope to best it by more than 15,000 feet.