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Toy, Gun, Air Ray, Flash Gordon


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This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar room at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Toy, Gun, Air Ray, Flash Gordon

Collection Item Summary:

This Flash Gordon Air Ray gun with a sparking flint disc in the muzzle was advertised as "the most amazing toy of the atomic age!" According to the toy's descriptions, it could shoot "a whizzing jet of air 20 feet with amazing accuracy." And yet, it was "safe as the air you breathe, and as inexpensive, since it requires no ammunition." Manufactured by the Budson Company of Chula Vista, California, the toy capitalized on the popularity of the Flash Gordon character.

Michael O'Harro gave this toy to the National Collection in 1997, as a part of a large collection of space science fiction objects.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum


Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


Credit Line

Gift of Michael O'Harro


Gun, tin; disc in gun, rubber


Other: 5 1/2 x 10 x 5 1/4in. (14 x 25.4 x 13.3cm)

Country of Origin

United States of America




MODELS-Science Fiction

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