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Toy, Space Port, 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 space port hangar (with its matching Space-Cruiser) combined elements of aviation (a classically-shaped hangar) with space-themed play. The toy set was the result of a partnership between Pyro Plastics, which made the plastic spacecraft, in association with T. Cohn (or Superior), which produced the hangar. The hangar-turned-spaceport used a spring-activated rail to launch the Flash Gordon Space Cruiser (an adaptation of the Pryo's popular X-300 Space-Cruiser toy). Because the spring action was more forceful than the spaceships could handle, many of the surviving cruisers sport broken plastic fins.

Most versions of this toy did not carry the "Flash Gordon" name. In fact, a version of this space port with identical markings but minus the "Flash Gordon" was widely marketed in the early 1950s.

Collector Michael O'Harro donated this toy to the National Collection in 1993.

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

T. Cohn, Inc.

Credit Line

Gift of Michael O'Harro

Materials

metal, paint

Dimensions

Overall: 7 1/2in. x 8in. x 10in. (19.1 x 20.3 x 25.4cm)

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America

Date

1947

Type

MODELS-Science Fiction

Inventory Number

A19970628000