How to Make the Champ (paper Airplane)



Introduction: How to Make the Champ (paper Airplane)

The Champ won the Guinness Book of World Records award for the longest flight for a paper airplane, (27.6 seconds), in 1998.  It was designed by Ken Blackburn.  All you will need to make one is a sheet of paper 81/2" X 11", a ruler, and a pencil or something with which to make a mark.  It is a little difficult to fold.  It would probably appear in the advanced section of a book of paper airplanes.  So be patient if it does not all go perfectly well on the first attempt.

NOTE:  I have just posted diagrams for Nick Robinson's Memphis Belle at the link below:

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Step 1:

Make a mark 2" from each side at the top of the paper, then make two more marks 1/2" above the bottom edge of the paper on each side. 
Make valley folds as shown.

Step 2:

Make a valley fold approximately 1/2 inch from the top.  Make sure it is a crisp crease.  Make eight such folds, making sure they are tight and clean.

Step 3:

Turn the model over.

Step 4:

Valley fold the model in half.  Make sure the fold is crisp.

Step 5:

Fold the wings down, making your creases parallel to the center fold, and approximately 1" above it.

Happy flying!

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