Stephen Kreiger had lived through many attempts to overtake his world record for flight. But he watched with resignation in February as a challenger prepared to unseat him using an unorthodox strategy.
Mr. Kreiger had held since 2003 the Guinness World Record for
throwing a paper airplane the farthest. He had won it at age 15, after a
summer's preparing by toning his throwing arm.
But here was 51-year-old John Collins at the end of the empty Air
Force hangar in Sacramento, Calif., preparing for the flight of a newly
folded plane he had designed, having not worked out at all.
And his plane was in the hands of a ringer: a large 27-year-old man with a buff arm.
The stand-in, Joe Ayoob, wound up and rifled the plane in a long,
towering arch that came as little surprise: Mr. Ayoob, as a University
of California-Berkeley quarterback, logged more than 1,700 passing yards