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December 1939 Flying Aces

December 1939 Flying Aces

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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.

Flying Aces magazine had a regular feature of aviation humor entitled "Wisecrack-Ups." You can tell from the gag lines and topics that it reflects a very different time that was the 1930s. December 1939, when this issue was published was, was very shortly after World War II had begun in Europe, yet one of the comics has an enemy observation balloon, Sopwith Camels, and Fokker D7s, left over from World War I. Most of the content is uncredited, except for the artwork. Mention is made of the G.A.R., which is not familiar to me. The best thing I could come up with for it given the era is maybe the Grand Army of the Republic.


Wisecrack-ups, December 1939 Flying Aces - Airplanes and Rockets

Taxi in on this runway and pick up a plane load of laughs! In this department, we present a collection of jokes, cartoons, and humorous verse. For all original jokes which we can use here, Flying Aces will pay $1. Contributions cannot be returned. Address all letters to Wisecrack-ups.

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"Lend me your cigar, my good man. This lady wants my autograph."

Quick on the Punch

Instructor: Having covered the subject of wing ribs, we will now take up spars.

Ex-prize fighter: Swell! And who'll be my sparring partner?


Glad to Oblige

Dumb inventor (with new rattle-trap racing crate): Will you time me as I fly it around the speed course?

Transport pilot: Sure! Just wait a sec while I run into the office and get a calendar.


Look Again!

Father: Is that a mosquito in your hand, Jimmie?

Son: You're eyes are going bad, dad. This is my entry in the Smallest Model Contest.


Hangar Flying

"And that," concluded the Texas barnstormer, "is how me and my Jenny started a tropical hurricane that went 100 miles per hour."

"But I say, Old Bean," spoke up a visiting Limey pilot. "I cawn't say that's so extraordinary. Just the other, fortni't I started a Hawker Hurricane that went 400 miles per hour - and made it loop the loop!"


Show Him a Dirigible

Plane salesman: Now here are the ship's rudder pedals.

Lazy customer: Yeah? Then it's no sale. I didn't know you had to pedal the dang things!

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"Yeah, we'd better tip him off that he's wearin...' his knapsack too low."

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"Quick - another pin! This one's bent!"


Excellent Comparison

Ground school teacher: You're just like William the Conqueror.

Dumb sky rookie: But, Sir - he didn't know anything about flying.

G.S.T.: That's just it!


Enough Is Enough

Dumb student (enthusiastically): Did you see my last dive?

Instructor (wearily): I hope so!



Grandpa bought a Stinson "R"

But pushed the throttle in too far.

Twinkle twinkle little star.

Music by the G.A.R.



Droopy: He flew solo all the way from Denver.

Dopey: It is funny, considerin' how most of 'em fly so high.



Garrity: How did you find the weather up there at 10,000 feet?

Phineas: Oh, I just flew up there - and there it was! Haw-w-w-w!


Dumb Dora thinks a ground loop is something caused by an earthquake.


Double Wing-Back

"So you're the chief of the college air force?"

"Yeah, I blow up all the footballs!'



Posted June 4, 2022

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