Guests battle for first place at the second annual Paper Airplane contest

It was a battle in the skies at the Mississippi Aviation Heritage Museum in Gulfport as the second annual Paper Airplane Contest took flight.

All age groups, children and adults put their paper pilot skills to the test. Each contest was judged by how far their airplanes could travel and for the plane’s hang time as well.

Second and third place competitors received medals for their efforts. First place winners walked away with the Todd Young Trophy.

The experience allowed all competitors an opportunity to learn about aeronautical engineering and its origins. Aviation Heritage Museum Executive Director Francisco Gonzalez said, “Bringing them to the museum where you can see a mixture of history and interactivity is what I wanted to build, what we wanted to build. I wanted the kids to come here and feel an airplane and touch and feel and watch and fly.”

The Mississippi Aviation Heritage Museum hopes to inspire the community to dream big and not be afraid to work with their hands.

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