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#1 Posted: 11/2/2009 17:13:53 Modified: 11/11/2009 11:21:30

I grew up pretty well immersed in all things aviation - my parents both worked for United Airlines, we lived on an airpark, and a lot of my favorite toys were aviation-related. In addition to the more traditional model airplanes (North Pacific Sleek Streeks and Skeeters, Delta Darts, and the like) not to mention real airplanes, some of my favorite toys were also somehow tied to aviation.

Here are two of my very favorites from early childhood:

The Schaper "U-Fly-It":


 

And the classic Mattel Vertibird:


 

So ... how about you? Any favorites from days gone by?

 

 



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#2 Posted: 11/2/2009 18:01:50

The U-Fly-It reminded me of the Airfix Super Flight Deck. which worked on a similar idea except it was British and therefore (a) more complicated, (b) less functional, and (c) inifintely cooler  than it's American counterpart.
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You launched the Phantom up a wire, it turned around at the top and you brought it back down to crash on the aircraft carrier deck.

 You just dont get box art like this anymore



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#3 Posted: 11/2/2009 20:22:34

The National Aviation Hall of Fame has a hands-on exhibit that is nearly the same as these toys.  I have to admit I played with it quite a bit last time I was there
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#4 Posted: 11/3/2009 08:53:44

I know the one you mean, Zack - I've shot a lot of landings on it while waiting for the computers I was working on there to reboot!



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#5 Posted: 11/3/2009 16:28:15

Here's one that's about 10 years before my time (interesting to note the Steve Canyon helmet):




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#6 Posted: 11/4/2009 10:05:04

Hal,

I had one of these, and the Steve Canyon helmet too!!  biggrin



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#7 Posted: 11/4/2009 10:13:53 Modified: 11/4/2009 10:15:26

  Milton Caniff's Complete Steve Canyon On TV DVD Volume One

 

Joe -

Hopefully everyone will excuse the plug, but, if you haven't seen these, they're must haves for Steve Canyon fans or anyone who has an interest in aviation of the era. Full disclosure: I consider John Ellis, the producer of the restorations, to be a friend of mine ... but I still pay full price for the DVDs!  wink



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#8 Posted: 11/6/2009 09:09:12

I go back a little further Hal, to WWII. I remember my favorite aviation toy was the Kix Airbase. I sent in my Kix boxtops and 25 cents. The airbase had a large foldout tarmac, and cardboard hangers that I had to assemble  There were several cardboard fighter planes as well.  I don't have any pictures to show, but maybe someone else remembers them.



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#9 Posted: 11/6/2009 10:12:44 Modified: 11/6/2009 10:26:08

Those look awesome!  If anybody wants to buy me a Christmas present...

 

 

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160356264922



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#10 Posted: 11/6/2009 10:25:21
Gerald Garner wrote:

 

I go back a little further Hal, to WWII. I remember my favorite aviation toy was the Kix Airbase. I sent in my Kix boxtops and 25 cents. The airbase had a large foldout tarmac, and cardboard hangers that I had to assemble  There were several cardboard fighter planes as well.  I don't have any pictures to show, but maybe someone else remembers them.

 

 

Gerald - isn't it amazing what you can find on the web these days? wink


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#11 Posted: 11/7/2009 07:43:12

I also had a Kix Airbase and  remember playing with it for many hours.  It was a great toy for it's day and It made you feel like you were part of the action.



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#12 Posted: 11/7/2009 10:05:19

Santa brought me this Remco toy one Christmas a long time ago. It was probably around 1964 because the airport was named Idlewild prior to JFK's assasination in '63. Dad would take us on Sunday drives to Idlewild to watch the Connies and DC4s and 707s operate.

 

 Voice Control Kennedy Airport 1.JPG (21363 bytes)



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#13 Posted: 11/7/2009 17:01:18

You silly old men! Kix are for kids!



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#14 Posted: 11/11/2009 10:33:52

X-mas of 1986 after I was hooked on Top Gun, my dad bought me a dozen various Ertl die cast airplanes. I had my own squadron, complete with mom's ironing board aircraft carrier. Good times.....



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#15 Posted: 11/11/2009 11:10:17
Steve Fabiszak wrote:

 

Santa brought me this Remco toy one Christmas a long time ago. It was probably around 1964 because the airport was named Idlewild prior to JFK's assasination in '63. Dad would take us on Sunday drives to Idlewild to watch the Connies and DC4s and 707s operate.

 

 Voice Control Kennedy Airport 1.JPG (21363 bytes)

 

 

Wow, Steve - I've never come across one of those! You inspired me to dig in a little bit, and there's a great description and more photos here: http://www.prestonmarketing.com/toys/kennedy/kennedy.html

 

 

 

 

 



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#16 Posted: 11/11/2009 20:17:23

Hi Steve- 

Can you maybe confirm or deny that an earlier issue of this Remco toy did, or did not have the record and/or headphones, hence no electronic equipment???

On a Wiki search, I did find a slightly different title for this toy, plus a release date of 1965, which would be around when I got an airport playset at age 4:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remco

"1965 Kennedy Airport Air Traffic Control Center"

All sources do agree that the "Remote Control" version appeared in '68, which is a bit after I played with my set.

Also, can you confirm it ever having the title of Idelwild, as this would mean an issue pre-1964, of course???

Possibly, do either of these MARX playsets look more familar as to what you had:

http://cgi.ebay.com/RARE-MARX-1960-AA-INTERNATIONAL-JETPORT-PLAYSET-W-BOX_W0QQitemZ110454184608QQihZ001QQcategoryZ727QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp3286.m7QQ_trkparmsZalgo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D3%26ps%3D6

Or this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Marx-International-Jetport-partial-set-3931_W0QQitemZ380173332938QQihZ025QQcategoryZ727QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp3286.m7QQ_trkparmsZalgo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D3%26ps%3D6

Basically, I'm trying to pin down the exact toy I had!

BTW; nice to meet ya'll....I'm Hal's eccentric brother Chris biggrin

 

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#17 Posted: 11/27/2009 20:23:11

I had the Vertibird Rescue Ship version and flew around picking up astronauts. Man that was the coolest toy of all time back in the Apollo days.
vertibird.jpgMine had the space theme a bit more than this pic though.