Brady Sexton of Orchard Park High School flew his paper airplane for 15.1 seconds Thursday to capture the "high time" award and put himself within 2.1 seconds of the world record for a paper airplane flight.
Sexton, who also came in fourth overall in the paper airplane contest, was one of 80 students from 12 Western New York high schools who competed in the University at Buffalo Flying Association's third annual competition in UB Alumni Arena. The U.S. Naval Recruiting District Buffalo provided trophies and plaques.
Each competitor had to make an airplane on site using one sheet of letter-size paper and paper clips. Each student's plane then made six official flights, and the three longest times were added together for a score, said Dr. Joseph Mollendorf of UB's department of mechanical and aerospace engineering.
"Fractions of a second separated the places," said Mollendorf. "It was very, very close."
Daniel Setter of Buffalo Academy of Math and Science came in first with a score of 33.8 seconds, followed by William Ellis of North Tonawanda at 33.2 seconds, Troy Waldmiller of Williamsville North at 32.5, Sexton -- who had the longest single flight -- at 28.7 and Gregory Fein of Williamsville North at 27.2.
The top five winners will cruise aboard the USS Boulder on Lake Erie in mid-August, and all contestants were invited to watch the Navy's Blue Angels flight team practice in Syracuse this fall.