Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Tuesday, 10 September 2013


# No. Name Box marked Box No. Toy marked Notes Versions
301 A Military Helicopter
355 Moonranger  Moon Ranger Mercury Mark IV on the toy red / blue; yellow / red
355 UFO  T in a circle 355 redesigned & repackaged red /yellow version of Moonranger
355 A Moonranger T in a circle 355 A 355 A blue / yellow
356 New Flying Saucer T in a circle 356  box top / hinged lid box variations
357 Space Vehicle T in a circle / T Toys Are Fun 357 3 box variations (2 with T in a circle logo)
360 Moon Bus T in a circle 360 Regd. Design No. 930855
361 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL T in a circle 361 T 361 Item no. on both license plates red; blue
362 Air Plane T in a circle 362
365 B.O.A.C. VC 10 T in a circle 365
366 Amphibious Car T 366
367 Amphibious Car T in a circle 367 red / white; blue / white
367 A Amphibious Duck T in a circle 367 A
371 A Cabin Cruiser T in a circle 317 A repackaged Cragstan version exists
372 Electric Speedboat T in a circle 372
375 Hydrofoil Boat T in a circle ?
377 Dolphin Cruiser T in a circle 377
379 Motor for Submarine Aircraft Carrier ? ? T 379
394 Beat Guitar
410 B Champion Racer T in a circle 410 B 410 Different item number on toy
412 Computer Car Mercedes C 111 T in a circle 412 Window box
414 A Volkswagen T in a circle 414 A T 414 A Window box
422 Moon Prospector  T in a circle 422 Regd. Design No. 963703 Box versions w/ & w/o without pat. no.
424 Helicopter
425 Apollo 11
425 Apollo-X T in a circle 425 2 box variations, plus German Saturn V box w/o T logo
426 W Apollo 11 T in a circle 426 W 426 Attached to ceiling w/ cord aka Apollo Moon Trek (HK); Moon Scout (Japan)
432 Two seater speedboat Displayed on #433 Luxury Yacht side panel
433 Luxury Yacht Speedoat w/ cabin, life-buoy at the back: Box panel gallery no.
435 Racing Speedboat T Toys Are Fun 435 T 435 orange deck; blue deck
436 Bump'n Go Boat T in a circle 436 Window box
437 Cruiser T in a circle 437 T 437 Cabin Cruiser
437 A Cruiser Cruiser w/ cloth top
437 B Cruiser Cruiser w/o cabin
501 Jumbo Jet Boeing 747 T in a circle 501
503 Hi-Way Copter T in a circle 503 T 503
508 GIANT Heavy Duty Helicopter 508
510 Space Shuttle T in a circle 510
511 Children Educational Games / Children’s Driver 511 Box panel gallery no.
511 A Children Educational Games / Space Traveling  T Toys Are Fun 511 A T 511 Space Shuttle' on the toy; Box panel gallery no.
511 B Children Educational Games / Sail N’Joy T Toys Are Fun 511 B T 511  ‘Speedboat’ on the toy; Box panel gallery no.
514 Military Copter T Tai Hing Tainovelty 514
515 Boeing E-3A AWACS T Tai Hing Tainovelty 515 T 501 Different item number on toy
** Tarheel Space Glider has number 350, which would seem to fit also into the series. However no Tai Hing toy is known by far.
502? Boeing 727
Space Capsule**

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Forty years ago, after many years of preliminary studies, men at Goodyear were busy designing and analyzing shuttle vehicle concepts for ferrying men and materials into and out of earth orbit and beyond on a regular and economical basis.
Using experimental data from Goddard's work and others gathered over the preceeding 40 years,
plu~ captured German high speed flight and rocket data, their studies had already reached the point where they were firmly convinced of the absolute necessity for such a reusable ferry vehicle operating to and from orbiting space stations.
So from about 1951 to 1954 they diligently pursued basic concepts and alternatives to focus on a design that would meet the main objectives. The final two years were aimed at the design and analysis of the orbital shuttle vehicle system shown here and the derivative orbital station concept illustrated.
A comprehensive technical paper covering the ferry rocket vehicle system portion was presented by Mr. Darrell Romick at the American Rocket Society (ARS) meeting in New York in 1954, and one covering the station was presented in Chicago in 1955. Both papers were presented as a complete system in Rome at the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) meeting in 1956. Another, including lunar landing, was presented in Barcelona in 1957. The concepts were shown on national television (Today show) in 1954. The accompanying illustrations are from the early 1954 and 1955 papers.
The Goodyear officials called the first version of a complete operational orbital shuttle vehicle and orbital terminal the METEOR system (for Manned Earth Terminal evolving from Earth-Orbit-ferry Rockets).
A somewhat smaller version, with other variations and improvements, was called METEOR, Jr. It was first published in 1957. An improved HTOL (for horizontal takeoff and landing) version with more advanced tuiboramjet takeoff propulsion was published in 1959 (although it was withdrawn at the request of the Air Force).
Goodyear engineers continued a vigorous campaign with continuing analytical and promotional efforts, working with the Air Force and people at the Army Ballistics Missile Agency (ABMA --von Braun and crew at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala.) and later, when it was formed, with NASA --throughout the 1950s and into the 1960s, since in those days the main proponents at all these agencies were part of a relatively small. group well acquainted with each other's work and ideas. However, at this point the "moon landing" Apollo program emerged to in effect sideline for a time all ideas for building a space capability via a space transportation system of the Meteor or Shuttle variety.

So it was not until the Apollo program was nearing its end that this philosophy and these ideas were again taken up and promoted,












early 1970s,

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