The Wright Brothers would have been impressed with Richmond County students’ attempts to create their first flight Saturday at the Augusta Regional Airport.
Students from C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet, Davidson Fine Arts Magnet, Hephzibah Middle, T.W. Josey High and the Richmond County Technical Career Magnet schools created paper airplanes for the first Paper Planes Contest using only one piece of paper, scissors, markers, glue sticks and a lot of creativity.
Hephzibah Middle School won the contest, sending one carefully-crafted piece of paper through the air 75 feet.
With the help of an engine, the Wright Brothers soared for 120 feet on its first flight.
Augusta Regional Airport, along with Augusta Aviation-Daniel Field and the Richmond County School System, held the event to teach engineering and piloting, and to create student interest in aviation.
In June, Augusta Regional Airport’s Communication Manager Lauren Smith, said the average age of an aviation employee is 57.
With many of those workers going into retirement soon, the industry is looking for new faces to fill those positions.
The winning team received a trophy and will take a flight over Augusta in a Cessna 172.
They’ll leave the flying to the professionals this time.