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Jimmy Jet
by Deluxe Reading, Inc
Jimmy Jet


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This memory was added on: August 26, 2010

I loved my Jimmy Jet. What memories! I wanted a Jimmy Jet very bad. I remember being at the grocery store (Kroger maybe?) with my Dad on a typical Saturday morning getting groceries. I looked up on the top shelves and there was a Jimmy Jet. My parents weren't well off at all so not a lot of extra money to buy things like this. I was devastated when we left the store without the Jimmy Jet. What a surprise that Christmas when I opened up my very own Jimmy Jet. I flew missions across the world. The light bulb and transparent map were magical to me. And just the feel of sitting in the "cockpit" was wonderful. They just don't make toys anymore that require using your imagination like the Jimmy Jet. Rick


This memory was added on: March 11, 2010

I did not have a Jimmy Jet, but my best friend did, which was almost as good. I did have the Playmobile, so we could trade off driving for flying. Many people have mentioned the price. Deluxe Reading sold these toys with $1.00 down and $1.00 per week until it was paid for. This allowed parents of the 60’s to get the “grocery store” toys without breaking the bank. Every store had a little red box with all of the orders in it, and Deluxe knew exactly how many toys they had to make.

Dana


This memory was added on: January 8, 2010

Ahh the memories! All those missions flown, Budda, Buddda, Budda! All those enemy aircraft shot down! (Russian, North Korean and of course, sometimes the luftwaffe.... remember 12:00 High?) All those enemy bases I sent up in a balls of flame! I got my Jimmy jet for Xmas Circa Cold war era year 1962. It powered hours and hours of imaginary flying defending our country....even without batterys! Now as a Vietnam Era veteran and licenced pilot I look back at the wonder and interest the Jimmy Jet generated in my Patriotism and personal fasination with aircraft and flight. The admiration and gratitude that i acquired and the stark realization of the stamina and and guts it took for these veteran aviators and all veterans who put themselves in harm's way.

A few years ago I found a Jimmy Jet in a yard sale, still working and in the original box. Complete without the typical broken knobs on the gages or missing parts. I bought it for $6.00! It is now one of my most prized posesssions! How did our generation ever occupy our time without video games??.....TV heros, toys and loads of imagination! Watch your six!.... Budda.. buddda... budda..........


jdockham


This memory was added on: January 27, 2009

Hi,

My fondest memory of Jimmy Jet is a tape recording I have of my family on Christmas morning, 1963 or 1964, I'm not sure.

I'm 11 years older than by brother, Frank, and he received this toy on Christmas morning.

I'm now 60 years old and my brother is 48 and we often tease each other about the tape and our comments and remarks about the Jimmy Jet and how much we both enjoyed playing with it. I remember it being a great toy and how much my little brother loved it.

Well, I searched for a Jimmy Jet to give to my brother for his birthday, in June, and I found one! It's in pretty good condition, albeit with some issues, but it works! I can't wait to see his face when I give it to him.

Regards,

Vito A. Calamito Sr.
Hopewell Junction, N.Y.


This memory was added on: January 27, 2009

I had a Jimmy Jet too, and it had a special place in my memory, since my father was in the USAF at the time. Since we were all Air Force brats, we would all dress our G.I. Joes in their flight suits, climb in front of the Jimmy Jet (strategically placed on the landing in the basement) and simulate our dads on missions. Great fun!

maxmike
Seattle


This memory was added on: December 22, 2008

I remember asking for Jimmy Jet for Christmas and even asking Santa to leave it at the foot of my bed, which he did.

I played with it for hours and attribute those times to my love of flying to this day - although I don't have a pilot's license, I still take demo flights in small planes and helicopters where they let you fly.

By far, Jimmy Jet was my favorite toy as a kid and reading the other memories was great.

Thanks!

David Hughes
Elizaville,NY


This memory was added on: October 26, 2008

It was 1963, as I recall. Our family had just moved to Arkansas from California less than five years earlier, and I was in the third grade as I found myself gripped by the image of the most incredible toy I had ever seen in my life.....

DeLuxe Reading's Jimmy Jet.....makes you feel you're flying, flying, FLYING!

In southwest Little Rock, where I lived, there was a Kroger store nestled into the Town and Country Shopping Center. My mother, the wife of a fledgling mutual insurance agent, was struggling to make ends meet on about $50 a week for groceries. There, above the meat racks, in its own special place on the right side near the pork chops, was the DeLuxe Reading display for boys, while on the left, near the chicken, was the display for the girls.

This company, that would later become Topper Toys, marketed exclusively through grocery stores, with tie-ins to network toy commercials on Saturdays. The display for Jimmy Jet was riveting enough, but rarely did I get the time to stand and stare, always desperately hoping that my mom would continue to wallow in indecision over whether to fix those chops or make a meat loaf. The more indecision, the better because I got to look longer at the blue, red, black and silver plastic.

The idea of the screen showing a moving image of the toy flying over an area captivated me. I had never seen a fresnel lens before, so the images looked magical as they washed over the screen. I prayed daily for the toy, and then begged for it every time we went to the Kroger store. My mother's answer had to be no, because the price -- $12.99 -- was one-fourth of her entire budget for groceries. I didn't realize how expensive that amount was in 1963.

Eventually, National Food Stores opened, and Mom abandoned Kroger. I would not see the toy again until a friend's birthday party in the 5th grade, when I got to play with it at his house for all of 15 minutes. After that, I resorted to using scissors, cardboard boxes, paper towel rollers and popcicle sticks to make my own Jimmy Jet, which my mother remembers to this day. But I never got the real thing, and it slipped into a part of my memory of unfulfilled dreams.

Fast forward to 1993. I became a professional musician, working in restaurants and night clubs, learning my craft until I entered a major national music competition far in advance of American Idol, and to even my surprise, I won the national title of the contest. I picked up a $50,000 prize, among other goodies, and suddenly, I was giddy with power and potential.

I contacted a new friend, Bill Bruegman, who had a company called Toy Scouts at the time. If there was a Jimmy Jet out there, he could find it. He calmly told me that he only saw about two units a year, usually non-working and missing parts, and held out little hope of finding one in an actual box. Usually, boys just destroyed the box on Christmas Day, he said.

Over a period of a few months, I located a working unit on my own that was somewhat incomplete, but at least, it was the toy. It worked, I got to touch it, and the process of putting to rest my frustrations of three decades had begun. Then, the fateful call came. "You'd better be sitting down, Ricky," Bill began, "because you aren't going to believe this."

As I listened, Bill explained how a midwestern mom-and-pop grocery store had been a fixture in a particular area for decades. One of them died, the other one following a few weeks later from a broken, aging heart. The family managed its grief, and began the gargantuan task of closing the longstanding, small grocery store. Fixtures, shelves, everything had to go. As they dug through the old building, they came across a freezer in a storage area that was in front of what no one had realized was a door that had been painted shut.

They got inside, and found a treasure trove of various items.....including a mint sample of the Jimmy Jet toy that some long-gone salesman had brought to the old grocery owner trying to get him to put it above his own meat rack. The toy was stuck in time. All of the original packing was still inside. The missiles were not only all there, they were still in their poly bag! Everything was shiny, unused, never having seen a battery. The bulb was bright and sharp, waiting for that first tug from the D cells that had never been inserted before.

The full instruction sheet was there, along with a three-color brochure to "Mr. Grocer" from the DeLuxe Company, asking him to consider the ENTIRE line of DeLuxe toys, all of which were in this priceless brochure. Later, Bill would provide me a copy of the original patent notice for the toy.

And that's before I mention it was in a pristine, mint box, unopened. With no haggling, I quickly agreed to a price of $600, and he offered to auction my other unit, saving me an additional $200. When the toy arrived, and I opened the carton, I just sat in quiet awe, breathing deeply, eyes shining, filled with the wonder of a 9-year-old boy.....even though I was then 39.

It was a special time. Jimmy Jet had flown home. It's a toy that takes up a special place in a very protected part of my storage facility, with a heavy box protecting both the Jimmy Jet box and toy. I have told my family that, of all of my collectibles, this one will be with me until the day that I die, and it will even have a place in my will! I waited for it far too long to ever let it go.

Sometimes, I like to take it out and put it on a table on a cool afternoon alone, and just look at it. No batteries needed (I know it works), and I have never even removed the missiles from the bag to fire them from the launchers on top.

It's enough, just knowing that it's here.....knowing that the wheels made it to the ground, and that "the Jimmy has landed." All is right in my world!


Ricky David Tripp


This memory was added on: October 26, 2008

I got my Jimmy Jet for Christmas in 1962, I was five years old. I had seen it on the top shelf at Lewis Grocery Store in Mandarin, Florida for months before Christmas, but knew better than to ask for it because it was so expensive.

My mother, father, sister and brother and I all loaded up in the family pickup truck and went way up north to Douglas, Ga. to spend Christmas with my aunt and uncle. Christmas morning my Jimmy Jet was under their tree with my name on it.

How Santa found me way up there I will never know. I am 51 years old now and it is my favorite gift ever.


Emery B.
Jacksonville, Florida

This memory was added on: August 12, 2008

I remember being sick with the German measles about 1962 and I had to stay in a dark room. I saw the commercial for Jimmy Jet on our old Philco black and whit TV. I wanted one soooo bad….but they cost around $12.99 and that might as well been a million…..because we didn’t have it. Then Christmas came…and my Jimmy Jet came with it! I played in the dark with it and saved the world many many times. Today at 53….I have 2 working Jimmy Jets……and I still play with them! The best toy ever made…..and the memories are priceless. I will never never lose my Jimmy Jets again!!

Steve
1956


This memory was added on: March 19, 2008

I got mine from some kid I played with. Nothing worked on it, but I still had fun with it. I used mine as propeller plane- I set it on a tray table behind a box fan on a stand (that was my engine and propeller). Also had one similar, but it was a car instead of an airplane. Anybody remember those?

John


This memory was added on: February 8, 2008

I had one of these and I remember getting this Christamas morning 1962. I played with this all the time. I did lose the rockets that fire off the top of the control panel. I wore this to out!! Loved the controls, the plane on the screen. Maybe one of the best toys ever invented.

Jay Johnson
Lake Barrington, IL


This memory was added on: January 23, 2008

Boy, they sure don't make em like that anymore. Several years ago I had some 8mm films transferred to video. Among the films was some footage shot on Christmas morning 1962. I am shown opening several presents and flying my Jimmy Jet, still in my pajamas. I showed my five year old son the video this Christmas and he said " Dad if I had one of those, it would be my favorite toy". I told him to wait right there. I ran down to the basement and brought up a huge box. I then pulled a Jimmy Jet out of the box and set it on the table. I hadn't had it out since before my son was born and it took some work but within thirty minutes, we had it working and my son was flying around and firing missiles just like me. He enjoyed it even more than all the stuff he got for Christmas. Seeing my kid enjoying the same toy I enjoyed 46 years earlier... Priceless! Of course we put it back in the box, but we'll get it out and play with it from time to time. Supervised, that is. he want's a Robot Commando for his birthday. What have I done?

Scot Ennis
Shelbyville IN


This memory was added on: January 11, 2008

My Memories Of Jimmy Jet, et al

In the era of the large, fully moveable G.I. Joe, The Tiger Joe Tank (wire remote controlled), a see thru submarine, Battlewagon (that shot hard plastic shells from multiple gun turrets) and various models of the Seaview, Flying Sub, Land Of The Giants and the U.S.S. Enterprise I remember sitting in our cellar with the glowing lightbulb inside a rolling acetate air view of ground targets under the plastic jet contolled by my steering wheel. Missiles on top, and a chrome dashboard the envy of any '57 Chevy, my parent's came through again for yet another memorable Christmas that was the envy of friends and family.

Unknown to me that at the same time there was an airplane named after me, the Fellabaum JRF using opposing cylinder VW type engines, I was flying in my basement envisioning on day building and flying my own plane to be constructed in our back yard overlay with duct tape and a barrage of Estes engines to get it moving as it coasted down our hill to take off (a la Fireball XL5) hopefully not crashing into the cemetery below. Ahhhh Jimmy Jet. How the imagination of a child could conceive so much in an era before video games.


J. R. Fellabaum


This memory was added on: December 1, 2007

Jimmy Jet Memories

One of my best Christmases was the year after I received my Playmobile I received my Jimmy Jet. I remember being sick in bed and Santa bringing that big box to my bedroom. On the corner of the box was written "To Craig, Merry Christmas from Santa" in red ink. I remember pulling the bed covers over me and my Jimmy Jet and playing for hours "bombing targets" under the covers. I also remember shooting the white plastic missiles at our black & white TV as I was flying over targets. Two of the greatest toys ever made were the Jimmy Jet & Playmobile and thanks to places like Ebay I now have mint boxed examples of both of these. I'll never sell them.


Craig Willard
1954


This memory was added on: November 18, 2007

I discovered the Jimmy Jet when my mother would take me grocery shopping with her to the Hinky Dinky grocery store near our house in Des Moines. I wanted one so bad. As Christmastime approached, each time we would go there, I would run to the Jimmy Jet and obsess over it. But my mother never seemed to respond with anything other than indifference, and then it would be time to go home. I never dreamed I would actually own one, until one day when my older sister told me to come to the window in our dining room. She had the binoculars and had me look through them. There was something special she wanted me to see.

Being only three or four years old, I had never looked through binoculars before and it took a while for my eyes to adjust before I finally could see the entrance to the Hinky Dinky two blocks away. I still didn't know what she wanted me to see, and she told me that my parents were there to buy me the Jimmy Jet for my Christmas present. Just then they came out of the Hinky Dinky with the Jimmy Jet box in a grocery cart and I watched them push it toward the parking lot. She told me I must keep my knowledge a secret--something very difficult for an excited four-year old, but somehow I must have been able to do it. This story became part of our family lore. It was my sister's present to me, the advance knowledge that I would soon be receiving the thing that was my heart's desire.



Richard
1956


This memory was added on: May 23, 2007

Oh man, I got one of these the year after I got the Playmobile. My parents sold these in their Sure Fine Supermarket in the 60's in a small town in Michigan. The display in the store had a plastic window so kids could look at it while they walked by. Jimmy Jet would stop us boys in our tracks. I think the original cost was something like $14.99 or so. That was a heck of alot of money back then.


Jerry
1954



This memory was added on: March 20,2007

I "flew" my first Jimmy Jet in 1965. Christmas morning of 1966 found me with a brand new Jimmy Jet AND Johny Seven. I flew many hours on the JJ... batteries would die, I'd lose interest, the JJ would sit for two months, I'd get new batteries, fly many more hours with newfound energy, batteries would die, repeat.

I sold the JJ in 1973 for $4, grew up, went to college, got a job, bought a 486 home computer, and in 1991 was logging my thousandth hour on Falcon3. I switched the radar console to map mode, and as I navigated across the Nevada desert I realized I had come full circle: Falcon3 with the radar in map mode bore an uncanny resemblence to my old Jimmy Jet.

(Wish I could have gotten $4 for that 486!)


Victor
1959
vjmamm@juno.com


This memory was added on: February 21,2007

I got a Jimmy Jet Christmas of 1963. It was probably the best toy I ever got. My Dad died in a boating accident 6 months later, and I treasured that toy as the last xmas gift he gave me. Over the years it was lost. I did end up becoming a private pilot, and until I found your site today I had never made the connection between flying and having received this wonderful toy that was so important to me.


Mike
1959
mike@idtools.com


This memory was added on: January 20,2007

I remember getting this the year after I got the Playmobile, by the same maker. These toys would show up at our Kroger grocery store in big boxes over the fruit and vegetable isle. I still have the reclining chair that I sat in in 1963 and put the unit across the chair arms to make my jet. The year before the Playmobile went there and I watched TV there pretending I was at the drive-in movies. Anyway, the rolling terrain was a great feature and pretty imaginative for a toy of the early 60's. I'd love to get one now, bit am afraid my son wouldn't think much of it and that would break my heart.


John Aiken
1955
jpaiken2@yahoo.com


This memory was added on: December 11,2006

OMG...I just saw three hours of christmas slides and there I was in 1965 with my favorite all time toy...Jimmy Jet. It took my two days of searching on the internet to find this site (I remembered the name being Gemini Jet). I must find one now. My God, we had the best toys in the 60's. Anyone remember the playmobile dashboard?


Steve
1961
c21salleyn@aol.com


This memory was added on: November 27,2006

I could not even remember the name of this toy until I happened upon it at a "Toys of the 1960's" site. Indeed it was a great toy. Got mine for Christmas somewhere between '63 and '65 from the local HI-LO store (Roseland IL). I'm about to turn 50 now and am having a great time reliving my childhood by hunting down the toys I had. All of us in this age group were children during a fantastic era. Anybody remeber the Dick Tracy Copmobile??? Best to all! Thanks, Paul(12/20/56)







This memory was added on: September 12,2006

Hi!

I recently purchased a Jimmy Jet on E-Bay, after having one as a kid years ago, at the age of 9 I believe, and having a great time with it, but, as others have done, taking it apart and modifying it, and then having it thrown out by the time I was 12. The "Jet" I own now, however, has a non-functional motor, and I was wondering if anyone out there knows where I might purchase a similar one, or knows the manufacturer or model number of the motor that Deluxe Reading used back then on the Jimmy Jet? Thanks!




Bill Kenney
1953
wboz1987@yahoo.com


This memory was added on: September 3,2006

I wasnt lucky enough to have the jet, but a friend, Roy Osborn did, and we could get a little stick time in if we bribed him with a candy bar or something, I had a Mighty Mo Cannon that I swapped time on. If I took it to his house we would shoot at his sisters, (older of coarse) and that was a pretty good deal I thought. NO! we didnt put anyones eye out!


Roger Watson
1958
brddwatson@msn.com


This memory was added on: August 28,2006

Santa brought me a Jimmy Jet 62 or 63. Fortunately my best friend got one at the same time. "12 O-Clock High" was our favorite TV Show at the time. We took are Jimmy Jets to the end of the porch, set them side by side (Pilot & Co-Pilot) and flew that porch on a thousand missions. The Jimmy Jet was my favorite all time toy and all you needed to add was a little imagination.


Ken Ayer
1954
ken_ayer@hotmail.com


This memory was added on: July 3,2006

What a riot! Some of these Jimmy Jet memories are epic. I haven't even seen a picture of my beloved Jimmy Jet until today--43 years later. It was the Christmas of '63 when (as Ralphie would say) all was right with the world. I don't know whatever bacame of this wonderful toy, but I'll always remember it with great fondness. I couldn't believe that in today's high-tech, video-game, computerized world some kid would even want to play with a Jimmy Jet. Anyway, it's fun to rewind life's memories back to the times when life was simpler.


Peter Shiman
1958
peter.shiman@us.bureauveritas.com


This memory was added on: May 31,2006

I can't believe they are still around this was my all time favorite toy as a child and now at 45 I still have fond memmories of playing with my Jimmy Jet


Dennis
1960
doosie4@aol.com


This memory was added on: April 26,2006

Love this toy!! My memories of it include wanting one SO BAD as a kid but my parents weren't the wealthiest financially so no go. Thought that plane on the screen was great and those missles! THEN my lucky cousin got one [how I don't know, they were poor too] and I got to use it- so much fun! Of course he destroyed things more than I did so it wasn't around long. There was nothing as cool as growing up in the 60's for toys and the dream that all kids would own a 57 Chevy some day [and a Jimmy Jet]!


Gary Melari
1957
stubbys59@sbcglobal.net


This memory was added on: March 16,2006

I used to set the Jimmy Jet on the bar in our kitchen and shoot the missiles at my mom!


Cliff Goble
1959
wgoble@grandecom.net


This memory was added on: March 10,2006

This was one of my favorite toys. i spent many hours behind the controls of this little jet. I used to line-up chairs behind me and pretend they were for passengers. I played with it a long time after it quit working.Thinking back, I bet the light bulb was the only problem. Also,we were dirt poor, so we probably couldn't afford more batteries.


Don Ezell
1957
ezell507@charter.net


This memory was added on: January 19,2006

This one was kind of a let down after the IDEAL ELECTRONIC FIGHTER JET that I got the year before. I had them both together and would invite other kids over to wage war!


steve
1952
coastconcierge@aol.com


This memory was added on: December 25,2005

I think the most excited I ever was about my Jimmy Jet-which I got for Christmas around 1963-was when I got it down from the attic several years ago and discovered that with some work and perseverance it ran again. Same electric motor, same light bulb.


anon 1
1955



This memory was added on: December 20,2005

Christmas 1965 and Jimmy Jet... Man, I had it made! I played with it for years, and as kids tend to do, I beat the heck out of it over time. Too bad I don't still have it, but the truth is I loved it and used it, and I guess that's what makes a super-special toy like Jimmy Jet super-special. My parents didn't buy it for my to save it. They put Jimmy Jet under the Christmas tree for me to enjoy! I remember quite vividly how my dad took away the missles from the missle launcher about 30 seconds after I got the toy because 25 seconds after I set it up I shot my 11 year old sister with it.


Rolly
1959



This memory was added on: December 15,2005

I got the Jimmy Jet circa 1963 or 4 for Christmas. It was the greatest toy in the world to that point. We used to set it on the end of our dumped out toy box and climb in and pretend we were fighter pilots. The missils were great for shooting at sisters too. Several years later, I still recall how sad I was when I saw some kid pick it up off our garbage pile after my Dad had thrown it out.


T Murrens
1958
tmurrens@mortgagemanagers.com


This memory was added on: December 13,2005

I too got one for Christmas in 1966. Far and away my most favorite Christmas gift of all time. I spent HOURS in front of it. As it slowly disintegrated over the years, we used it as a space ship, car, truck, tank, jeep, as well as plane (of course). At the end, it only had a steering wheel - basically everything else was broken. I would love to get one for my boys - they are about the same age now as I was when I got mine. Don't you ever wonder why the toy manufacturers don't bring back a toy like this? Even if only for the baby boomers that want to re-live their early childhood!?


Mike
1966



This memory was added on: December 12,2005

my older brother and I snuck out of bed x-mas morning very early. We snuck out to the very dark living room. On the left had side of the piano bench were my brothers gifts from Santa. A cub scout flashlight, pocket knife, and a wood burning kit. On the right hand side was my gift - a Jimmy Jet!

Trying to be really quiet ( my parents bedroom door was 10' away) we started playing with our gifts in the dark. I was spinning knobs and then I pulled the lever. Instantly the room lit up with celluloid scenery projected all over the room! The Jimmy Jet roared with its imitation jet sound.

The really bad part was that unknown to us, my mom had gotten ill in the night and had moved out to sleep on the living room couch. She awoke with a start, and was disoriented because of the light and sound. After a very brief attempt to turn the Jimmy Jet off, we ran back to bed with my mom trying to keep from having a heart attack.

It was a great toy, but it never could live up to the adrenaline rush of that first flight.

p.s. - when my little sister was careless enough to walk in front of me while I was playing, I would nail her with the missile darts!


Bob DeSouza
1957
rmd@westsalem.com


This memory was added on: December 11,2005

The greatest toy I ever received at Christmas. I can still hear the sound it made when I took off on my secret missions. Hours and hours I would spend in front of the screen shooting down enemy fighters and bombing bad-guy targets. Thankyou Santa; and you too Mom and Dad


scott Bowman
1955
bbowman@bakerdonelson.com


This memory was added on: November 26,2005

Well, I am jealous of those of you who got a Jimmy Jet for Xmas!! I remember asking Santa for one of these, but, I guess he forgot!! I DID eventually get a playmobile dashboard though!! But, I missed out on the virtual flying of JJ. Soooo...NOW I have the virtual skies of MS Flight Simulator to satisfy the little child in me who wants to be a pilot!!


Steve
1957
Steveksr@comcast.net


This memory was added on: November 19,2005

MANY TOYS HAVE BEEN FORGOTTEN BUT I'LL NEVER FORGET THE JIMMY JET. I ALWAYS WANTED BUT NEVER OWNED ONE. I CAN REMEMBER SEEING THEM STACKED UP AT THE CORNER GROCERY STORE ONE CHRISTMAS SEASON. I ALWAYS HAD A NICE CHRISTMAS WHICH IS ALSO MY BIRTHDAY BACK IN THOSE DAYS BUT THATS ONE ITEM THAT SANTA SKIPPED. I WILL TURN 50 THIS CHRISTMAS. THEY'VE BEEN AROUND FOR A FEW YEARS.


BILL TOLLIVER
1955
HIAWATHA38@AOL.COM


This memory was added on: September 16,2005

I don't remember too much about being a kid, but I sure remember this toy. I think I wore it out. I can still visualize the screen. So glad I did a google search. I wish I could get one for my son.


Rich
1956
rlarson229@wowway.com


This memory was added on: August 15,2005

As an adult my one and only game, is My Red baron3D Highly modified,,,its the best on line Fighter pilot pc flight sim. multi playing on line with people around the world. Its as real as it gets in one home.

but the root to my love of aviation can be traced to my 1963 jimmy -jet. on a sad note , my father purchased it for me for X-mas 1963 and kept it hid in the trunk of his cat untill X-mas. He passed away on Dec 21 1963...But as a 6 year old it gave me hours of fun.. I would like to find one on E-bay .the add to my "MB Dogfight" game


Rick Beckhoff

Rbeckhoff@aol.com


This memory was added on: July 28,2005

This was the best toy ever - my "Red Rider BB gun," so to speak. Every summer I would go flying with my Dad, and I so wanted to by a pilot too. When he died in 1964, it wasn't the same. I missed my Dad and I missed flying with him, and I asked Santa in 1965 for a Jimmy Jet. When I opened that present, it was a dream come true! Played with that thing until it wouldn't work anymore. Pretended that Dad and I were still flying together. It was great!

I got my other wish, though, and flew fighter aircraft for the US Air Force. Of course, every now and then I just sat in the cockpit and imagined I was back home, playing with my Jimmy Jet. Great stuff.


Evan
1957
phffbbt@comcast.net


This memory was added on: June 10,2005

i had one of these when i was about 4 or 5 it was the favorite toy of my youth i was busting my older brothers chops and he said if i did not stop he would kick in my jimmy jett of course i kept on busting his chops he yelled "thats it im going to break your jett!" i ran ahead of him and kicked the damn thing to a million pieces just not to give him the satisfaction of doing it he caught up to me and said "what did you do..i was only kidding!"

waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa waaaaaaaaa i cried like a baby my jimmy jett is gone but i am happy to say i'm still busting my older brothers chops thanks for the memories


bob
1958



This memory was added on: June 6,2005

I begged and begged for a Jimmy Jet, thinking that the commercials for this toy were awesome. I was a lot disappointed when the "terrain" was the same - over and over and over and over - but still, I played with the thing for hours. The kid down the road from me had a Mighty Mo and thought my Jimmy Jet was "sissy". When we moved to another city, Jimmy Jet didn't survive the trip.


Larry




This memory was added on: April 20,2005

Oh my God. Here it is. I never thought I would ever see one again. I can't remember the exact year, early 60s. I had come home from the hospital after having my tonsils removed. I needed a bit of cheering up. I think I was around 5 years old.

My Dad bought me this fabulous toy. I can not remember a whole lot from this time, but I DO remember my Jimmy Jet. I played with this for hundreds of hours. I disassembled it to determine how everything worked, and put it back together. My father is a contractor/carpenter so I was into "building things" and HAD to know how this thing worked.

I know at least one person thought they had a memory of something other than "TV Jet" over the steering such as "Jimmy Jet" and I really do think I remember this as well, but just too long ago. Possibly we will se a photo soon of another variation.

Thanks Dad for one of the best memories of my childhood! I found one on Ebay for 200 bucks, but could not part with the dough that week. Boy was I sick. Well, maybe sometime soon...






Jeff Oliphant




This memory was added on: April 9,2005

It's a few months before Christmas 1963 and I can remember, like it was yesterday, watching the "Jmmy Jet" commercial on Sat. morning TV.... as a kid in the commercial was actually operating a real jet fighter shooting missles everywhere...flying at mach 2 speed 1000's of feet over enemy terrain. An American boy's dream.

So, naturally I make it known to my parents and to Santa that I have to have "Jimmy Jet" or I will probably die.

It's Christmas Day and I am maniacally tearing apart any present that could remotely be the size of my beloved "Jimmy Jet." And miracle of miracles...there it is. I feverishly tear it out of the box and plug it in and within seconds discover....that it's just a "big cheap-plastic piece of mult-colored ----" (let's just say it rhymes w/ "trap"). There is no sleek F-15 fighter. There are no SideWinder missles. I am not wedged tightly into a cockpit crammed w/ sophistcated dials and gauges. I was heart-broken. Y'know what the missles really were!? Two crummy suction-cup darts that launched a whole 5 feet.

I can't say that I rejected our Capitalist system rite then and there, but I never responded to advertising quite the same way again. In fact, I believe that the US government rite about then started pressuring manufacturers to adopt "truth in advertising " measures in TV commercials aimed at kids. Seriously, back then toy manufacturers could put up any images on the screen to sell their products. It was a real scam.

Anyway, it's hoot to read other guys' memories of this "wonderful" toy. LOL


Steve
1956
G8rSteve2005@aol.com


This memory was added on: March 22,2005

AROUND 1963-64 MY DAD BROUGHT ONE OF THESE TOYS HOME TO ME AND MY OLDER BROTHER. THE ONLY THING I REMEMBER ABOUT THIS TOY IS THAT MY DAD PLAYED WITH IT MORE THAN US . THATS OK , BECAUSE HAD OUR CAR DASH BOARD , MY DICK TRACY PATROL CAR + OUR MIGHTY MO CANNON [ NOW THAT WAS A GREAT TOY ] THANKS FOR JUMP-STARTING MY MEMORY.


JOHN L. ZVERLOFF Sr.
1960
fatdaddyz@ sbcglobal .net


This memory was added on: December 6,2004

My memory is of my best friend who's name was Jimmie Jett. I faintly remember the t.v. ads for the toy. Jimmie was killed in Viet Nam in the beginning of 1968, he passed away on a helicoper as they tried to revive him. Toys are fun but dying at eighteen is a bitch.


Gilbert Ortiz
1949
gtortiz@hotmail.com


This memory was added on: July 14,2004

Well the day has arrived! I finally won an ebay auction for a vintage Jimmy Jet. I will need to get another one for parts.

Funny thing, as I was opening the box I had a feeling inside that I only experienced a long time ago. It was Christmas morning 1965 for a brief momemt.


Tom Izzo
1958
tizzo@siasearch.com


This memory was added on: July 6,2004

Oh, I really wanted one of these so badly... a friend had one, probably as part of the bidding war for his affection between his divorced parents, and EVERYONE wanted to come to his house to play it for a minute if he'd let us. Kids playing the various flight sim games today have no idea how much more exciting this toy was in the early 60s.


michael edelman
1954
mje@spamcop.net


This memory was added on: June 24,2004

I received a Jimmy Jet on Christmas of 62'. I remember begging my dad for it every time we were in the Shop-Rite Grocery store. It was up on the shelf next to the "Mighty Mo" cannon...I think it cost about 10 dollars back then. I loved that thing so much...I felt like I was king of the skies when I sat behind that baby. Eventually, it ceased working and my "brain surgeon" brother decided to operate on it..never worked again and eventually wound up in the trash. Wish I had it now....just to sit behind her once again and remember when......


Harry
1954
harry6873@yahoo.com


This memory was added on: June 9,2004

One Christmas; one that has haunted me for life, my older brother got a Jimmy Jet. I can't remember what I got, but it sucked. Then again everything sucked compared to a Jimmy Jet.

I still think of him with his goofy 50 cent haircut in his dorky pajamas with his joyful grin piloting his aircraft across the four corners of earth. My jealous rage was and is still unbearable.

If times were what the are now, I would have capped him.



1959



This memory was added on: May 31,2004

I remember for months before Christmas driving my Mothe crazy. "are you sure I've been good enough, am I still getting a Jimmy Jet". I was almost relentless, but that Christmas morning was the most magical and memorial for me. I loved my Jimmy Jet! It was the ultimate toy, I was the envy of the neighborhood. To this day at the advanced age of 45 I get a special feeling when I think about my Jimmy Jet.

I am currently looking for one, I guess middle age is upon me.


Tom Izzo
1958
tizzo@siasearch.com


This memory was added on: May 19,2004

My brother had a Jimmy Jet. I still have the picture of Christmas morning at my grandmas with my brother playing with the Jimmy Jet in her living room floor. It was a great toy for girls too! I had a fascination with airplanes. I always wanted to take flying lessons, haven't yet but plan on it one of these days. I did become a flight attendant though. Jimmy Jet was great for a childs imagination! Fun Toy for girls or boys!!! :)


Kathy
1960



This memory was added on: May 5,2004

Abslutely the best toy I ever had -

Came with a helmet and air mask so that when you had your feet "jammies" on, you looked like a real (3 foot tall) figher jock.

Video display (sic) had a jet on a stick which traveled over the "landscape" which was really a translucent roller image - very corny by today's standards, but cool then, considering we didn't even have a color TV.

God I wish I still had that for my 2 year old son!


Silver
1959
gtaylor@clantaylor.com


This memory was added on: February 14,2004

Alrite im born in the 80's 1982, and even I remember this toy, this thing was great!!! i loved it, it was like the pre-1944 arcade game with the planes. wow this brings back memories i cant believed it was a 70's toy, im sure i must have played like an updated version or whatnot


Andrew Ho
1982



This memory was added on: January 5,2004

I had one! I loved it, but eventually took it apart -- it was great!


Nick
1954



This memory was added on: December 22,2003

MY SON HAD THIS TOY...IT WAS GREAT UNTIL I HAD FLASHBACKS OF 'NAM AND THE GOOKS WOULDN'T STOP COMIN'AND..AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!


MARK
1969
MARK1969@HOTMAIL.COM


This memory was added on: May 10,2003

I got a Jimmy Jet for Christmas I believe in 1963. I'll never forget that toy. The toys of those days were a lot better than the ones of today. This was one of the best. It had a screen that created the illusion of flight. It had missile launchers. It was colorful. It had all kinds of gauges-just a great toy. I just wish I kept it good condition so that I had today.

Joe


joe
1956
joemichael19@yahoo.com


This memory was added on: May 7,2003

The viewing screen had a translucent rolling tube with an aerial view of landscape and "targets", this was illuminated by a low wattage light bulb and gave the illusion of flight. Mounted on the top, was a firing mechanism that shot two plastic, rubber tipped "missles" All the gauges on the console could be manually adjusted to indicate altitude, airspeed etc. The levers activated the rolling tube and it's speed. This was the finest toy I ever owned. I incorporated cold war sensibilities with the thrill of imaginary flight. I wish I could find one...it would bring back such sweet childhood memories.


Joe Kuhar
1960
jkuhar@chooseabs.com