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Red Bull hosts paper aeroplane world finals in Austria

SHOTLIST: SALZBURG, AUSTRIA. 17 MAY 2019SOURCE: AFPTV -MS of Thibaud Reaud throwing a paper plane at the camera- MS paper plane on the floor with competition in background -MS of a constestant throwing a paper plane -WS of the crowd watching a contestant - AERIAL of the corwd watching the competition-MS of contestants folding paper planes-CS on a contestant folding a paper plane SOUNDBITE 1: Jonathan Miraucourt, contestant in the 'flight distance' category (man, French, 20 sec):"I've been looking on the internet, I watch a lot of videos on Youtube from competitions here. I'm looking a little bit at what kind of planes were being made. After I changed the model of the plane." FRENCH: "Je me suis renseigné sur internet, je regarde beaucoup de vidéos sur Youtube de compétitions ici. Je regard un peu quel type d’avions se faisait. Après le modèle de l’avion je l'ai changé." -MS of a contestant -MS contestant juggling with paper-WS contestant throwing a paper plane SOUNDBITE 2: Ryan Naccarato, contestant in the 'longest airtime' category (man, English, 21 sec):"The three most important parts, it’s not just folding the airplane, you have to fold it, you have to throw it, and you have to adjust it. Each part is very important. If you get one part wrong the flight will be a failure. " - MS of a contestant - MS of a contestant throwing a plane ///-------------------------------AFP TEXT STORY: Want Alpine thrills? Try competitive paper plane flyingSalzburg (Austria) - 18 May 2019 04:16 - AFP If you've ever wanted to earn your wings ecologically, economically and quietly while breathing healthy Alpine air, read on, because you can. Welcome to the paper plane world championship, which Austria hosts this weekend as the erstwhile pastime of the bored schoolkid morphs into a competitive fest with a world "title" at stake. Competitors -- around 180 people from around the globe -- were able to travel ultra lightly to Salzburg with their "kit" composed of simple pieces of standard A4 size paper. A classic tourist trip to the city would more normally entail a little Mozart or, for the less classically-inclined, a peek at the backdrop to the Sound of Music. But, for one weekend only, competitors will be out to see who can launch their "fighter aircraft" the furthest or loop the loop most spectacularly or else stay in the air the longest The winner of each category will take home a world title in a showdown which had its own qualifying tournament spread across 58 countries. Most participants say they came to the event, organised by Austrian firm Red Bull, just "by chance" or "for fun". But once engaged, the competition has really drawn them in, organisers say. "The level is impressive. Some participants can throw for 50 metres (160 feet)," French competitor Jonathan Miraucourt, 24, told AFP as he prepared to joust in the "long distance" category. Miraucourt, a student in the southern city of Montpellier but originally from Tahiti, explained he "only" managed 35 metres to qualify. He said he was pondering even at this late stage whether to change his trusted technique of a small run-up designed to ensure a stable flight. Participants have varying views on technique, from how to fold the paper just so in order to propel the "jets" skyward. Amid the atmosphere -- more holiday camp than sporting extravaganza -- many experienced competitors are happy to pass on tips to those who are relative novices. - Paper, scissors... chuck - Ryan Naccarato, from Los Angeles, won the "acrobatic" category in 2012 and wears the calm mien of that successful experience as he prepares for his third event in a competition first held in 2006 and held every three years. "You have to adapt to the parameters of each event: the quality of the paper, weight, air temperature, humidity," explains the 29-year-old, a big fan of origami. That art of paper folding originated in Japan, from where the oldest competitor in a mainly male field, 54-year-old Emmei Shinichi, hails. Counting down to the event, Shinichi was studiously putting the final touches to a complex model he hopes can remain airborne longer than anyone else's. In the acrobatic category, all designs are allowed as long as the creation comprises nothing more than paper, some glue and a little judicious use of scissors to trim wing or fuselage. One Indonesian entry consisting of two pieces of paper flapping in concert was arousing early curiosity, as was an Indian man's concept of a paper boomerang that looked to be able to reach impressive speeds. "For distance, we all make the same type of plane, in the form of a very fine arrow," explained an Algerian, flexing his arms and shoulders in warm-up exercises to ward off the potential onset of cramps at just the wrong moment. The last edition in 2015 saw 53.22 metres sufficient to land the distance title for a flight time of 14.36 seconds. All planes have to be made onsite in the organisers' Hangar7, home to historical planes and Formula One cars. The venue has a view of the majestic Alps... as well as Salzburg airport's runways -- albeit too far away to have its airspace affected. smk/cw/har
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