About Airplanes & Rockets

Kirt Blattenberger, Webmaster - Airplanes and Rockets
Kirt Blattenberger
Carpe Diem!
(Seize the Day!)

Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which all began in Mayo, MD. There is a lot of good information and there are lot of pictures throughout the website that you will probably find useful, and might even bring back some old memories from your own days of yore. The website began life around 1996 as an EarthLink screen name of ModelAirplanes, and quickly grew to where more server space ...

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A.J. Aircraft Company Advertisement
August 1954 Air Trails Hobbies for Young Men

 
August 1954 Air Trails
August 1954 Air Trails Cover - Airplanes and RocketsTable of Contents

Some things never grow old. These pages from vintage modeling magazines like American Aircraft Modeler, American Modeler, Air Trails, Flying Aces, Flying Models, Model Airplane News, & Young Men captured the era. I will be glad to scan articles for you. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.

Jim Walker's A.J. (American Junior) Aircraft Company began operation in 1929, with no way of knowing the doom and gloom that would befall the country in October of the year when the Stock Market crashed and triggered what would become known as The Great Depression. By the time we had begun to come recover from the financial tragedy, World War II was at our doorstep, and a lot of raw materials - balsawood for airframes, metal for engines, rubber for wheels - was being directed toward the defense equipment and supply buildup, supplies were hard to come by. It was a really bad time to be starting a new business. The passion for all things that flew was so strong that the American Junior Aircraft Company managed to survive and even thrive in spite of the restrictions. In all A.J. Aircraft Co. turned out 232 million models during its existence - amazing!

A.J. Aircraft Company Advertisement

A.J. Aircraft Company Ad (Jim Walker), from August 1954 Air Trails - Airplanes and Rockets

"Wow! A Double-Winger!"

Stunts? The Firebaby Biplane does 'em all. You'll be amazed when you fly it yourself - when you discover how quickly you can master the intricate eights, horizontals and verticals that were difficult before.

This plane has all the power you can use. With its built-in "5upercharger" modification, the Royal Spitfire engine gives you tremendous power response ... with instant starting and surprising fuel economy.

Buy it ready to fly, complete with control lines and stunt flying instructions. All parts are finished, painted, fuelproofed. Span 19"', weight with motor 4 1/2 oz.

Ready-to-Fly
$9.75 with engine

See your nearest hobby shop.

Jim Walker A.J. Aircraft Co.
Portland 12, Oregon, U.S.A.

World's Largest Manufacturer of Ready-to-fly Model Aircraft

 

This audio feed of a radio ad comes from the "Home of Jim Walker & The American Junior Aircraft Company" website. I have not copied and saved his file.

Here is everything you could ever need to know about the Jim Walker Firebaby, including monoplane, biplane, and twin engine versions!

 

 

Posted March 29, 2014