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Transatlantic steer a coin game

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:49 pm
by ddstoys
Hi guys I've been given this game. It hasn't arrived yet and I only have these two photos. Does anyone recognise the game?

Re: Steer a coin style game

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 4:41 pm
by pennymachines
Given! :o

I took some pictures of 'Plane Crazy' at the Black Country Museum.

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See Empire Arcadia at the Black Country Museum

It appears to have been extensively remodelled though. I'm sure I've seen another, possibly more original example, which may also be pictured here somewhere, if I could recall its name...

Re: Steer a coin style game

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 5:12 pm
by coin-op
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Re: Steer a coin style game

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 8:49 pm
by pennymachines
This one was in the Arne Toy sale. I thought there was one called something like "Transatlantic Flight". :!?!:

Re: Steer a coin style game

Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 1:50 am
by ddstoys
Yes, given. I still can't believe it but the owner says I've helped him more times than he can count and I'm still in credit.

Thanks for the photos and the thread name change.

Doesn't look like there's too much missing thankfully. Timber frame and a header shouldn't be too hard to remake.

Re: Steer a coin style game

Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 11:11 am
by pennymachines
Prompted by Coppinpr's comment in the other thread, I've had another gander at the photos and I'm sure he's correct - what I misread as Cander is in fact 'Gander'. I think I can just make it out on your playfield too. Ignoring the more recent repainting etc., these naïve games strike me as being quite early. Judging by the transatlantic route depicted, just after WWII perhaps, when such flights were becoming routine but required several stops: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transatlantic_flight

So we take off from Croydon Airport, London, drop in at Mexico City Airport, loop back on ourselves to Shannon Airport, Eire, then on to Gander International Airport, Canada before touching down safely at New York. I'm not sure which airport that would have been, but no doubt JP will remember. :D

Re: Steer a coin style game

Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 12:27 pm
by john t peterson
The common airport for international arrivals in New York City is always JFK. The reasons are practical in nature. La Guardia's runways are too short for the heavy long-distance aircraft and Newark is in New Jersey (the state of New York would want the $$ associated with international travel.)

Back in the day, JFK was called "Idlewild Airport," becoming JFK in 1963 in honor of the slain President John F. Kennedy.

J Peterson
Please fasten your seat belts !!PLANE!!

Re: Steer a coin style game

Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 12:34 pm
by coppinpr
The New York airport would have been Idlewild or LaGuardia (depending on the airline). I'd like to think it was LaGuardia (as the site was an amusment park before being turned into an airport), which still exists and in fact is about to be torn down and totally replaced with a new airport.

If you want to date the machine by the artwork then the UK end is most promising. Croydon airport closed in 1959, flights still refuelled in Gander as late as 1968, the last scheduled transatlantic flights to stop for refuelling were Aeroflot, but they refuelled in Iceland well into the '70s. Until about 2000 Gander was the biggest international commercial ATC station in the world handling 98% of all transatlantic flights north of South America. Almost all flights across the north Atlantic passed over Gander, even if they had stopped landing there.

Re: Steer a coin style game

Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 2:04 pm
by gameswat
JP - the artists at the "Joy Stick" factory really captured that aerodynamically egg-shaped head of yours well didn't they!? You were born to fly no doubt. !!YIPPEE!!

Re: Steer a coin style game

Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 2:43 pm
by john t peterson
I'm going to assume "egg head" is the highest compliment possible, paying tribute to my over-sized brain. :burp:
Thank you, Gameswat. I know you have the highest regard for fine-feathered friends.

J Peterson
Chicken Little to You