“Aircraft Recognition Cards A-Type 1” (F270-1A1) [1,2]
By: John Shupek and Pete D’Luhosch

  • Series Title: Aircraft Recognition Cards A-Type 1
  • American Card Catalog Reference Number: F270-1A1 (unofficial)
  • Issued by: Carnation Corn Flakes (Albers)
  • Country: United States of America
  • Key Features:
    1. Corners: Square
    2. Branding: Single line of branding on reverse “CARNATION CORN FLAKES”
  • Number of Cards: 42
  • Card Numbering: unnumbered (cards listed alphabetically)
  • Type of Card: PR (Public Relations) Set. Not issued to the general public (unconfirmed)
  • Card Dimensions: 3.50 × 2.25 inches (88.90 × 57.15 mm)
  • Circa: 1952
  • Checklist: Download Checklist

Carnation Five Sets Overview

During the past several years, there has been controversy about the actual composition of the “Aircraft Recognition Cards” (F270-1) series by Carnation Corn Flakes (Albers). The interest in this set peaked several years ago, when veteran non-sports airplane card collector Albert Kramer discovered the rare “Douglas D558-2 Skyrocket (red)” card. At the time of its discovery, the “Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket (red)” card was thought to be a proof or test card that was never put into circulation.

However, research during the first five months of 2016 conducted by Pete D’Luhosch of PJD Enterprises, and John Shupek of Skytamer Images, has documented the existence of five distinct Carnation (F270-1) sets of “Airplane Flash Cards/Aircraft Recognition Cards” cards, with five distinct checklists and 211 individual cards, including the unique “Douglas D558-2 Skyrocket (red)” and the “North American T-28 Advanced Trainer (straight tail)” cards. Each of the five individual sets is easily distinguishable by the configuration of the card corners, the number of branding lines on the card’s reverse, and the size of the 3-view image on the back side of the card. The key recognition points for each of the five sets is shown on the F270-1 Overview page.

Set #2 — “Aircraft Recognition Cards - Type A1” (F270-1A1)

This “square cornered” 42-card set, is considered to be the second of Carnation’s “Aircraft Recognition Sets” in which the title of the set has morphed from “Airplane Flash Cards” into “Aircraft Recognition Cards, A-Type 1”. Set #2 corrects the two Douglas D-558-2 “Skyrocket” cards from the original F270-1 (Set #1) set and introduces the Douglas D-558 “Skystreak” card in place of the Douglas D-558-2 “Skyrocket (red)” card. Set #2 also makes sure that the 3-view drawings on the backs of these cards are consistent with the aircraft configuration shown on the card fronts. However, it does contain an error card, the North American AJ-1 card. The 3-view drawing on the back has the CLASSIFIED notice on the back side of the card reversed. This error was eventually corrected in Set #3 (F270-1A2) 42-card set with the “large radius” corners. We believe that these cards may have been distributed in Carnation Corn Flakes cereal boxes, but have no proof of such. Another possibility is they have been some kind of proof or presentation set. The key features of this set are shown below.

  1. The set is comprised of 42 unnumbered airplane cards.
  2. The cards are PLC type cards with square corners.
  3. One line of branding — “Carnation Corn Flakes” appears on the reverse side of the cards.
  4. The Douglas D-558 “Skystreak” card replaces in the Douglas D-558-2 “Skyrocket (red)” card included in Set #1 (F270-1).
  5. The Douglas D-558-2 “Skyrocket (white)” card with the error back has been corrected.
  6. The set does not contain the Northrop F-89 “Scorpion” card.

The F270-1A1 square corner set has only one error card and several typo cards that really annoy “airplane people” The anomalies are as follows:

  • ERROR 1: The reverse side of the North American AJ-1 has the “CLASSIFIED” notice reversed and presented as a “mirror” image.
  • TYPO 1: The Republic F-84F “Thunderjet” (REAR VIEW) card is actually the Republic F-84F “Thunderstreak” (REAR VIEW) card.
  • TYPO 2: The Republic F-84F “Thunderjet” (SIDE VIEW) card is actually the Republic F-84F “Thunderstreak” (SIDE VIEW) card.
  • TYPO 3: The Bell 47-D is the Bell 47D.
  • TYPO 4: The F7 U-1 is F7U-1.
  • TYPO 5: The F94-A is F-94A
  • Note:Typos 1 through 5 are systemic throughout all five of the Carnation sets. The North American AJ-1 error card is corrected in Set #3, the large radius rounded corners F270-1A 42-card set.

The fronts of the 42 unnumbered “Aircraft Recognition Cards A-Type 1” (F270-1A1) all feature American-built aircraft. Forty one 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 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; and (4) the single branding line of “CARNATION CORN FLAKES” at the bottom of the card. As noted above, the cards have square corners and a single line of Carnation branding. The overall dimensions of the cards are 3.50 × 2.25 inches (88.90 × 57.15 mm), and are unofficially assigned the unofficial American Cards Catalog reference number F270-1A1. The fronts and backs of a typical card are shown at the top of the page. Click on these images to expand them to a full 600-dpi computer enhanced image.

Image-Guide [1,2]

The following 1952 “Aircraft Recognition Cards A-Type 1” (F270-1A1) 42-card set by Carnation Corn Flakes (Albers), Image-Guide shows computer enhanced images of the fronts and backs of the 42 cards in the F270-1A1 set. Behind each thumbnail image is a 600-dpi computer enhanced card image that you may access. In addition, directly beneath the Image Guide, in tabular form, are links to the original scans used for this series.

1952 “Aircraft Recognition Cards A-Type 1” (F270-1A1)
Carnation Corn Flakes

Checklist [1,2]

We have provided two versions of the 1952 “Aircraft Recognition Cards A-Type 1” (F270-1A1) 42-card set issued by Carnation Corn Flakes (Albers), United States of America. An 8½ × 11 inch PDF version, and the web version shown below. Click on the PDF graphic below to access the PDF version.

1952 “Aircraft Recognition Cards A-Type 1” (F270-1A1)
Carnation Corn Flakes (Albers), 42-Cards, United States of America
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 Skystreak
(18)Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket
(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 (error card)
(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
Note: Numbers in parentheses (xx) indicate unnumbered cards presented in alphabetical order.

A Very Special Thanks!

We would like to extend a very special thanks to Pete D’Luhosch, of PJD Enterprises for providing us with 600-dpi color scans of the fronts and backs of all of the cards in this unnumbered 42 card set of “Aircraft Recognition Cards A-Type 1” square cornered cards by Carnation Corn Flakes. Without Pete’s help, this set of airplane cards would never have been properly documented. Be sure to visit Pete’s website at PJD Enterprises.


Pete D’Luhosch — Pete is a retired IBM programmer/manager who lives in upstate New York. He graduated from Union College (Schenectady, New York) in 1963, with a degree in English Literature. Pete’s 38-year IBM career, at their semiconductor development and manufacturing facility in East Fishkill, New York, spanned the time from punched cards and hard wired “unit record” machines being the norm, up to the time when computers were populated with chips containing millions of transistors that were “printed” on 12-inch silicon wafers. Pete’s introduction to computers came on an IBM 1401 computer that was as big as a refrigerator and had an astonishing 4k of memory. Pete then learned IBM 360 programming and for many years worked on application programming at IBM East Fishkill. He eventually moved on to systems analysis and then held various management positions in support of chip manufacturing and statistical analysis. When he retired, Pete was a programmer/analyst in a staff department supporting the Director of the East Fishkill Semiconductor Laboratory.

Pete’s interest in card collecting came, as many did, with baseball cards in the early ’50s. The 1951 Bowman baseball card set is still his favorite. Sad to say, all Pete’s cards disappeared while he was in college. He rekindled his love of cards in the late ’70s, working on Topps baseball card sets with his kids, and attempting to re-create some of his sets from the ’50s. When baseball cards became too expensive, Pete remembered another set he once collected: the 1952 Topps Wings set. On a whim, he bought a couple of them on eBay, just to see if they were still as cool as he remembered. Naturally, that led to years of trying to complete the set in the best condition he could find. Today, Pete’s collecting interest lies almost exclusively with airplane cards from the World War II and Korean War periods. Some of Pete’s card sets can be found on the SGC Registry.

Pete has written articles on the 1951 Bowman baseball card set for Sports Collectors Digest and articles on Topps Wings and Card-O Aeroplanes for The Wrapper. He has developed his own website that contains a lot of airplane and baseball card reference material. The website can be found at

John Shupek — John is retired Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineer that lives in Southern California. John’s 36 year aerospace career/adventure started in the mid-1960s when he worked for Pratt & Whitney at their “FRDC” … Florida Research and Development Center, West Palm Beach, Florida. John was part of the P&W jet engine design team for the CIA/USAF’s Lockheed A-12/SR-71A “Oxcart/Blackbird” engines (J58/JT11D-20). He also worked on the RL-10 rocket engine and the JTF-17A which was P&W’s entry into the United States’ SST competition between Boeing and Lockheed. Several years later, John moved back to California and worked at the AiResearch Mfg. Company at LAX and Torrance. He originally worked on the thermal design of the HRE (Hypersonic Ramjet Engine) which was a supersonic combustion Mach 7 ramjet engine that was to be tested on the North American X-15. John did about three more years of jet engine design work before he disappeared for 13 years into the classified DOE “GCEP” (Gas Centrifuge Enrichment Plant) Atomic Energy program for the enrichment of U235. After the GCEP program was cancelled by the DOE in 1985, John was hired by Northrop Aircraft to do the thermal design for Northrop’s entry into the ATF (Advanced Tactical Fighter) competition, the Northrop YF-23A “Black Widow II” stealth supercruise fighter. He also worked on the Northrop Grumman B-2A “Spirit” stealth bomber. After several years on a classified stealth missile program, John worked the remainder of his Aerospace career as one of Northrop Grumman’s Program Directors on the United States Navy’s F/A-18E/F “Super Hornet” jet fighter program.

During John’s career at Northrop Grumman he served for five years as Northrop’s “Vintage Aircraft Club” Commissioner and the Curator and Webmaster for the Western Museum of Flight in Hawthorne, California. Several years later, John was the volunteer webmaster (for about 3 years) for the Yanks Air Museum, Chino, California. He also served as President and webmaster for two different NPOs after his retirement. The Whittier Historical Society & Museum and Whittier Meals on Wheels.

John’s love of aviation history and aviation photography lead to the establishment of this website in 1998. The site has continued to expand and will always grow and will never be completed. It’s sort of analogous to a snowball rolling down a hill without any trees to stop it. In approximately 2002, John remembered that he had collected Topps “Wings” (ACC# R707-4) airplane trading cards while in High School. Somehow the cards had disappeared over the years. So at this point, he started to re-collect airplane trading cards via eBay and become an airplane card “Image Collector” rather than a “Card Collector” per se. After John scans an airplane card for the website, he has no further use for it and he puts it back into circulation via eBay. John’s mission statement for the is basically to restore and preserve high-quality card images/artwork associated with the various airplane card sets from the early 1900s to the present. These cards are wonderful historical “snapshots” into aviation history showing which aviation events and aircraft were important at that point in time. For the website, basically if it is a trading card collection that features things that fly, but doesn’t have feathers, it is eligible for consideration on the website. John always welcomes inputs and high resolution scans (600-dpi) that can be used on this website. John can be reached via the “Contact Us” navigation button on the left.


  1. D’Luhosch, Pete. “Airplane Flash, Cards, Set of 42 Carnation Corn Flakes Airplane Cards”. 600-dpi Color Scans from The Pete D’Luhosch Collection, 2016
  2. Shupek, John. “Aircraft Recognition Cards A-Type 1, Set of 42 Carnation Corn Flakes Airplane Cards”. Enhanced 600-dpi Color Scans from the Skytamer Archive, 2016

Copyright © 1998-2018 (Our 20th Year) Skytamer Images, Whittier, California