One of the oldest schoolroom sports is paper dart throwing. Now in the United States,?
CU Jack Perkins PULL BACK AND PAN King Dome, Settle
GV Crowds on stands throwing paper planes
SCU Boy folding paper plane - Boeing engineer explaining techniques (4 shots)
SV Boy throwing plane, PAN TO plane in flight
SVs Boy making plane, second boy throws plane (2 shots)
SCU Contestant explaining technique before throwing
SCs Paper planes on ground, some landing (5 shots)
SCU Steve Monk, winner making throw, plane in flight, PAN BACK TO winner
SVs Broken and discarded planes (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: JACK PERKINS: "IF you've ever wondered who must be the paper airplane-throwing champion of the world, this is the place to find out -- the King Dome in Seattle where that very championship was held, yesterday."
ENGINEER:"He tries when he's folding it, to fold it -- to crease it symmetrically. You notice the woodblock that we brought to help with the creasing."
PERKINS: "There's really some aerodynamic thought goes into some of the airplanes..."
ENGINEER: "Oh yes. Many of us here are Boeing engineers and we try to put in some of the skills that we get there too."
PERKINS: "Well, the aim is to fly out into the field. His didn't. So much for advice from a Boeing engineer. But then, don't you think the kids by themselves know more about making paper airplanes?"
ENGINEER: "Oh granted, they don't know all the grown-ups' fancy terms..."
CONTESTANT: "I'm hoping this is going to stabilise it a little and these will be some foils that will give it some extra distance. I don't know if it will work. I've never done this in a stadium before, but it'll do what it does."
PERKINS: "That's your own design, is it? ...Well, here are some of the other designs that work: a rocket-thin profile, packed with supplementary stabilisers. You imagine this was meant to be a shock absorber? And one of the best flyers was a craft of amazingly simple design.
"But the winner of all Steve Monk, another Boeing engineer. His winning flight -- 285 feet almost straight down the yellow target line -- the flight that made Steve Monk officially the world champion paper airplane thrower. Talk about the thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat -- "de feet" that had to traipse around cleaning up 33,375 dead paper airplanes. Jack Perkins, NBC News, Seattle."
SPORT: PAPER PLANE THROWING
REPORTER: JACK PERKINS
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Background: One of the oldest schoolroom sports is paper dart throwing. Now in the United States, this favourite pastime of children has been elevated to world championship level. Jack Perkins of the National Broadcasting Company Incorporated went to view the keen competition -- and found that it isn't only children who take paper aeroplanes seriously.