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These pages from vintage modeling magazines like Flying Aces, Air Trails, American Modeler, American Aircraft Modeler, Young Men, Flying Models, Model Airplane News, R/C Modeler, captured the era. All copyrights 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!

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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.


$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

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