John Collins Air Plane

February 29, 2012 by staff 

John Collins Air Plane, Joe Ayoob is used to setting records with his arm, but not like this. On Sunday Ayoob, the former Cal quarterback from Terra Linda, set the world record for longest paper airplane throw when he launched a glider 226 feet, 4 inches.

It was an exhilarating experience for Ayoob and the man who folded the paper airplane, John Collins, a Marin City resident who works as a television producer for KRON Channel 4.

“It was a proud moment,” said Ayoob, who started working with Collins on the project 18 months ago. “I used to make a paper airplane every day when I was a kid. I love it.”

Collins’ devotion to paper airplanes is tireless. He has published two books on the subject and had enlisted former Cal quarterback Mike Pawalski (who bowed out with an injury) and then Marin Catholic grad Jimmy Collins (a Portland State alum who got too busy with coaching duties at City College of San Francisco) before connecting with Ayoob.

“I’ve been saying for years that I thought I could beat the world record,” John Collins said. “When I talked to Joe and found out he was a big paper airplane fan, we felt like we had a good combination.”

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