The Paper Pilots fly into Illabo Public School | Photos, Video

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Aeroplane-making aficionados the Paper Pilots touched down in Illabo on Tuesday morning, sharing some of the science behind flight. 

10-year-old student Harry Pratt won the visit for the school when he took out the national title in May.

“It was just great, words can’t explain it,” he said. 

The pair held workshops on physics and explained the mechanics behind flight paths and how to fold different planes. 

Since becoming the national champion Harry has kept his skills sharp. On Tuesday his plane soared an impressive 15.3 metres, just shy of his 15.83 national record. 

Harry said “good, sharp folds” are the key to success.

He’s current in training, folding and refolding creases, ahead of next year’s competition. 

To top off a massive day, Illabo’s Andrew Hamilton made some memories, taking the visiting pilots and Harry up for a real flight over the shire.

“I’ve only been in a plane once before, when going to Sydney for the competition,” Harry said.