On Monday 9th March 2015, over 60 students gathered in the Students’ Union Snackbar, to take part in the first of three heats in the Red Bull paper aeroplane challenge. Each competitor dreams of winning a place at the World Final in Austria this May.

The competition takes place every three years and comprises competitors from 90 countries! There are more than 200 competitors who have their eyes firmly set on breaking the current world record in distance (69 metres) and in staying airborne (28 seconds!).

Queen’s Radio’s very own RD Herdman, Corey McKinney and Karl Murray deejayed the event. Karl said “It was a very different experience compared to a normal event but it came with the same fun and enjoyment. Jonny Clarke (Student Brand Manager Specialist) was a representative from Red Bull that was managing the event, along with his ‘hostesses’ they made sure that the event ran very smoothly.

“The floor was littered with paper aeroplanes all shapes and sizes, but we were encouraged to take part ourselves! Red Bull was also something that we weren’t short of. I was personally backing Neil Anderson in every event and my judgement didn’t fail as he managed to win the long distance challenge! The event was a great success and I hope to back at it next year!”

In addition to Neil Anderson, Ross McLaughlin won the airborne challenge with a result of 4.63 seconds, and Stephen Todd won the most aerobatic section. The student trio will now travel to Austria to compete in the final!


We wish the boys all the best!

Tori Watson

Tori Watson

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