The New Boss
It’s been a while since my last update. I had a bone spur and a disc in my neck that was giving me a lot of trouble. Finally, I’m on the mend after neck surgery and ready to get back to what I love: paper airplanes!
My first in-person show after surgery was Nov. 8 and my first big travel date is Dec 2-7 when I’ll be in New Jersey, Hartford, and Baltimore. It’s a whirlwind trip, and I’m really looking forward to getting back to having some fun with audiences.
My world record has fallen, as you probably know. It was crushed, in fact, by a very worthy team. They simply did it with a better plane and a pretty good throw. So, it’s back to the drawing board. I’m not sure when I’ll be able to throw hard enough to test world record planes again. Time will tell. For now, the obvious trend is toward higher aspect ratio wings for distance planes. Here are the planes from left to right, the one Joe and I beat, mine, and new world record plane. You can see the trend: shorter and wider.
The evolution is clear: the path forward is a higher performance glider. I'm so proud of this team, and of being part of the new way forward. Before Joe and I did it, nobody dared use glider to set a distance record. Now, it's the only option.