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Philip Lepley and Barbara Bureker, Battle Ground, WA   

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Here is an example of our most favorite passenger jet of all time: the Boeing 707 jet. Maybe because we our first air flight in 1968 was on one. Maybe because the jet engines are where they are supposed to be—on the wings and not on the body! And there are four engines instead of just two! And beautifully symmetrical too.

This example shows Air Force insignia as a troop carrier; possibly from the Viet Nam era. We believe this plane was made in that era, late 60s or early 70s. It says "Made in Japan" on the side, but does not give a manufacturer—typical of many Japanese toys made during that time.

This is an all tin toy except the wheels. Give it a push. The friction works well, and makes an uncharacteristic friction sound, perhaps sounding like what jet should sound like—if jets were friction powered.

Size: The plane's body is 10 inches long; Wingspan is 11 inches; Height is 2 inches at the front wheel; Height is 3 ½ inches at the tail.

Condition: The friction motor works well. The lithography is good. There are scratches on the body from playwear. There are some tiny dents and a couple of scrapes behind the cockpit just above "U.S. AIR FORCE". There is some rubbing to the red paint on the jets on the starboard side.

This is just a fine example of a 707 jet.

Item ID: 1719

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Military Air Transport Service (MATS) Friction Jet from Japan

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Philip Lepley and Barbara Bureker
Battle Ground, WA   

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