Red Bull Paper Wings is Flying In to Lexington to Challenge The Skills Of Paper Pilots Worldwide

The Largest Paper Plane Competition to be held
at Central Bank Center
February 20th
with Three Competitive Categories 

LEXINGTON, KY (Feb. 8, 2022) – Red Bull Paper Wings, the world’s largest paper plane competition is taking flight again in 2022 to search for the top paper plane pilots worldwide.


The competition is coming to Central Bank Center Exhibit Hall C on February 20th from 12pm – 3pm. 

With no fuel or engines, participants must simply make a plain sheet of A4 paper fly as far, as long or as artistically through the air as possible. National winners in three categories will be invited to the Red Bull Paper Wings World Final in Salzburg, Austria, where the 2022 world champions will be crowned. The application window is open until April 21, 2022.

All ages are welcome to come test their paper airplane piloting skills but only active students, ages 18+ can qualify to compete.

The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit



The event recognizes three categories: Distance and Airtime are judged at Qualiflying events, with the two pilots with the longest distance and longest airtime at each National Final event advancing to the World Final. The third category is Aerobatics, which for the first time will determine its national finalist online on TikTok.


  • Distance: To succeed, pilots’ planes must travel farther than anyone else. At the last World Final in 2019, the USA’s Jake Hardy topped the field with 56.61m.
  • Airtime: Pilots must fold their planes for just the right aerodynamics to achieve the longest flight time. In 2019, Australia’s Cameron Clark snatched victory with 13.33 seconds!
  • Aerobatics: This category is all about sensational aerobatic tricks – in the 2019 finale, Ukraine’s Kateryna Ahafonova scored the only perfect 10 with her creative paper plane performance. Pilots do not need to show up at a Qualiflyer. Instead, they’ll get creative with their paper planes at home and share their mastery on TikTok, using the hashtags “#redbullpaperwings”, “#USA” and “#contest” and tag @redbull and when submitting their entries. The pilot with the most votes from a national judging panel – which considers the criteria of construction of the paper plane, creativity of the performance and video and flight performance – will make it to the World Final.


The National and World Finals

Champions from local Qualiflyer events in the Distance and Airtime categories will take their skills to one of the three National Finals to compete for a spot at the Red Bull Paper Wings World Final. Seven total student finalists will represent the US in the World Final, which will be held at the iconic Hangar-7 in Salzburg, Austria. An architectural landmark, the venue was conceived as a place where aviation comes together with art and the culinary arts, hosting high-profile exhibitions, events and programming. The champions crowned in each category will win an epic flight experience with the renowned Flying Bulls.


The time to set a winning flight path is now with information available at





About Red Bull Paper Wings

Red Bull Paper Wings invites students from around the world to a global paper plane championship. The idea is simple and ingenious at the same time: participants must make a plain sheet of paper fly as far, as long or as artistically through the air as possible. All national winners of the three categories – Distance, Airtime and Aerobatics – will be invited to the World Final in Austria at the iconic Hangar-7, where the new world champions will be crowned.

*NO PURCH. NEC. THIS IS A SKILL CONTEST. Open to US residents (incl. DC), 18+

For US dates, entry information, local qualifier info., and Official Rules visit: