Territory students to attempt Great Air Race Centenary World Record

Students at seven Darwin schools will today attempt an aviation-themed world record, as part of celebrations marking the centenary of the 1919 Great Air Race from London to Darwin.

From 8.30am, students will be attempting to break the record for the most people making paper aircrafts simultaneously across multiple venues.

The world record is currently set at 1943. Students are looking to surpass that number with flying colours, with about 3500 participants expected to take part in the attempt.

Students at Darwin Middle School, Darwin High School, along with primary school students at Parap, Larrakeyah, Nightcliff, Ludmilla and Stuart Park are all taking part in the event.

A special adjudicator from Guinness World Records will be in Darwin specifically to oversee the world record attempt.

The record attempt has been inspired by the 1919 Great Air Race, which Ross and Keith Smith won when they piloted the first successful flight from England to Australia, landing in Darwin in less than 30 days.

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