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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.

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

Rights

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

Manufacturer

The Budson Company

Credit Line

Gift of Michael O'Harro

Materials

Gun, tin; disc in gun, rubber

Dimensions

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

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America

Date

1948

Type

MODELS-Science Fiction

Inventory Number

A19970629000