1952 Airplane Flash Cards, Set 1 (F270-1)
Carnation Corn Flakes, Frye & Smith, Ltd., San Diego, CA


Series Title: Airplane Flash Cards (Set #1)
American Card Catalog: F270-1 (unofficial)
Parent Company: Albers Brothers Milling Company, Tacoma, Washington, USA
Issued with: Carnation Corn Flakes Breakfast Cereal
Card Pack Published by: Frye & Smith, Ltd., San Diego, CA
Country of Origin: United States
Number of Cards: 42
Card Numbering: Unnumbered
Card Dimensions: 3.50 × 2.25 inches
Circa: 1952
Checklist: Download

1952 Airplane Flash Cards, Set 1 (F270-1)


During 1952, Albers Brothers Milling Company's Carnation Corn Flakes Company issued a 42-card set of Airplane Flash Cards that were distributed via retail sales. This boxed set of Airplane Flash Cards is considered to be the Ground Zero set for Carnation's F270 series of Aircraft Recognition Cards. The box (shown below) is labeled 42 Airplane Flash Cards, and was published by Frye & Smith, Ltd., San Diego, California, and was packaged as a typical playing card pack-box. The notation Natural Color Reproductions also appears on the sides of the box. In reality, the Carnation Corn Flakes series of airplane cards should have been known as Airplane Flash Cards rather than Aircraft Recognition Cards as they are commonly known. The key features of this set are illustrated below.

  1. Boxed set of 42 unnumbered airplane cards.
  2. The cards are PLC type cards with small radius corners of 0.095 inch.
  3. One line of branding - Carnation Corn Flakes appears on the back of the cards.
  4. This set includes the RARE red livery Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket (error) card. This is an ERROR card since the 3-view drawing on the back of the card is for the raised canopy versus the flush canopy version of the Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket configuration (see photos below). This is the only set that includes the red livery Douglas D558-2 Skyrocket card.
  5. The white livery Douglas D-588-2 Skyrocket card is also an error card since it contains the 3-view drawing for the Douglas D-558 Skystreak card, rather than the 3-view drawing for the Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket with the raised canopy, which is actually on the back of the red livery Skyrocket card.
  6. This set does not contain a separate Douglas D-558 Skystreak card.
  7. This set does not contain the Northrop F-89 Scorpion cards.

As noted above, both of the Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket cards are ERROR cards. The origin of the errors is due to modifications of the Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket during the aircraft's flight test program. The Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket was originally configured with a flush cockpit canopy (Figure 1) [4], but visibility from the cockpit was poor, so he aircraft was re-configured with a raised cockpit with conventional angled windows (Figure 2) [4]. This resulted in a greater profile area at the front of the aircraft, which was balanced by an additional 14 inches (36 cm) of height added to the vertical stabilizer. Like its predecessor, the Douglas D-558-I Skystreak (Figure 3) [5], the Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket was designed so that the forward fuselage, including cockpit, could be separated from the rest of the aircraft in an emergency. Once the forward fuselage had decelerated sufficiently, the pilot would then be able to escape from the cockpit by parachute. Photos of the two Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket configurations are shown below in Figures 1 and 2, and the read livery Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak is shown in Figure 3. As a side note, it should be noted that the Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak was flown in both red and white livery, which could easily have contributed to the card errors. It should also be noted that the Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket was never flown or painted with red livery.



Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket (BuNo 37974) with flush canopy, undergoing ground tests)
(USN Photo: 39561, Date: 1948)




Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket (Navy BuNo 37974/NACA 144) with raised canopy.
The Skyrocket is parked on Rogers Dry Lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base.
This aircraft, NACA 144/Navy 37974, was the first aircraft to reach Mach 2.
NASA Photo: D-558-II-NASA-E-1442, Date: 1955)


U.S. Marine Major Marion Carl (left) and U.S. Navy Commander Turner F. Caldwell stand next to a Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak at Muroc Army Airfield (later Edwards Air Force Base) in California (USA). Both Carl and Caldwell established world speed records in Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak aircraft in 1947.
(Date: 1947, Source: U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation, Photo: 2012.004.090)

Errors and Typos


Now let’s talk about the actual errors and typos in this set of 42 Airplane Flash Cards.

The fronts of the 42 unnumbered F270-1 Airplane Flash Cards all feature American-built aircraft. 41 of the 42 cards are presented in a landscape (horizontal) format and show the aircraft in flight. One of the cards, the Convair XF-92 Delta Wing is presented in a portrait (vertical) format and shows the aircraft on the ground. The red livery Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket shows a drawing of the original configuration of the Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket climbing off of the desert lake bed with a RATO (Rocket Assisted Take Off) boost (Note. Both of the Skyrocket cards are error cards).

The backs of the cards are presented in a portrait format and feature (starting at the top):
(1) The card title
(2) A brief description of the aircraft
(3) A 3-view OML (outer mold line) drawing of the aircraft
(4) A single branding line of CARNATION CORN FLAKES at the bottom of the card.

Image-Guide [1,2]


1952 Airplane Flash Cards (F270-1)
Carnation Corn Flakes
Original Scans [1]
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Checklist [1,2]


1952 Airplane Flash Cards (F270-1)
Carnation Corn Flakes (Albers), 42-Cards, United States of America
Checklist
Unnd.xCard Title
(1)Bell 47-D Helicopter
(2)Bell X-1
(3)Boeing B-29 Superfortress
(4)Boeing B-47
(5)Boeing B-50 Superfortress
(6)Boeing C-97A Stratofreighter
(7)Boeing Stratocruiser
(8)Chance Vought F7U-1 Cutlass
(9)Convair - Liner
(10)Convair B-36 Bomber
(11)Convair Turboliner
(12)Convair XB-46 Bomber
(13)Convair XF-81 Escort Fighter
(14)Convair XF-92 Delta Wing
(15)Douglas AD Skyraider
(16)Douglas C-124 - Globemaster
(17)Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket (Red - RARE)
(18)Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket (White - ERROR card with D-558 Skystreak back)
(19)Douglas DC-6A Liftmaster
(20)Douglas Super DC-3
(21)Grumman Albatross
(22)Grumman F9F-2 Panther
(23)Lockheed Constellation
(24)Lockheed Constitution
(25)Lockheed F94-A All Weather Interceptor
(26)Lockheed F-90 Penetration Fighter
(27)Lockheed P2V Patrol Bomber
(28)Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star
(29)Martin 404 Transport
(30)Martin AM-1 Mauler
(31)Martin Caroline Mars
(32)Martin P4M-1 Mercator
(33)Martin XB-51
(34)North American AJ-1 Attack Bomber
(35)North American B-45 Tornado Jet Bomber
(36)North American F-86 Sabre
(37)North American T-28 Advanced Trainer (folded tail)
(38)Northrop X-4
(39)Northrop YRB-49
(40)Republic F-84F Thunderjet (rear view)
(41)Republic F-84F Thunderjet (side view)
(42)Ryan Navion 205
(n/a)Airplane Flash Cards Box-Pack
Note: Numbers in parentheses (xx) indicate unnumbered cards presented in alphabetical order.


Contributors


Ken Bush - We would like to thank Ken Bush for the photo of 42 Airplane Flash Cards box-pack for this Carnation Corn Flakes set.

References


  1. Pete D'Luhosch. Airplane card scans via the D’Luhosch Airplane Trade Card Collection
  2. John Shupek. Airplane card scans via the Skytamer Archive Digital Image Database.how long
  3. Bush, Ken. Use of Carnation Box Photo. Message to Skytamer Images. 17 February 2016. E-mail.
  4. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket
  5. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak





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