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Celebrating the AAA's Diamond Jubilee:
Aircraft from the First Few Fly-Ins

There will be an informal, just for fun and bragging rights, "Jimmie Allen Air Race" during the 2013 AAA-APM Fly-In. Everyone is invited to build a Jimmie Allen rubber powered model airplane at home and bring it to the fly-in. The exact time and location on Antique Airfield for the contest will be determined and announced at the fly-in, depending on weather conditions. The "air race" will consist of a "mass launch" of all entries. Last airplane down wins! It's as simple as that. It will be good fun.

Jimmie Allen Model Airplane Kits

The Air Adventures of Jimmie Allen was the first radio program to feature balsa wood model airplanes in their promotions, and the models played a huge part in the popularity of the radio program. Kits for rubber powered Jimmy Allen airplanes were available for sale, or as free premiums, in businesses of the show sponsors. Hundreds of thousands of kids built and flew Jimmie Allen models in the 1930s.

There were at least 20 different official Jimmie Allen model kits. Each year one design was designated as the entry for that year's Jimmie Allen Air Races. Here is an incomplete listing of some of the Jimmie Allen models.

Jimmie Allen ROG
12" Wingspan

Originally kitted by Country Club Aero Supply of Kansas City, Missouri (where the radio show oriingated) for Skelly Oil. The R.O.G. was given to Jimmie Allen Flying Cadets who completed the weekly flying lessons. Over 60,000 were given away.

Bluebird
38" Wingspan

The first and best known of the Jimmie Allen series. Originally kitted by Country Club Aero Supply for Skelly Oil.

Blue Flash
24" Wingspan

Originally kitted by Country Club Aero Supply for Pocahontas Oil Corporation of Cleveland, Ohio. This model is still being produced in 2013 by Easy Built Models in Georgia (see link at bottom of this page).

Thunderbolt
24" Wingspan

Same as the BLUE FLASH but heavier outdoor construction and slightly different tail surface outlines. Originally kitted by Country Club Aero Supply for Skelly Oil. (no picture)

Jimmie Allen Special
20" Wingspan

The smallest and least scale-like of the Jimmie Allen series. A simple 1930s sport rubber model originally kitted by Reginald Denny Industries. This model is still being produced in 2013 by Easy Built Models in Georgia (see link at bottom of this page).

Silver Streak
32" Wingspan

Originally kitted by Country Club Aero Supply for Skelly Oil.

Sky Chief
40" Wingspan

The biggest of the Jimmie Allen models.

Yellow Jacket
26" Wingspan

Elegant mid-wing monoplane with twin open cockpits, a bit like a 1930's trainer. Originally kitted by Country Club Aero Supply for Skelly Oil.

Monsoon Clipper
29" Wingspan

The only twin motor design in the Jimmie Allen series. It's a flying boat based on the Sikorsky S-38. Originally kitted by Country Club Aero Supply for Skelly Oil.

Bluebird Racer (Scarlet Tanager)
24" Wingspan

Beautiful, highly streamlined model, elliptical gull wing, spats, struts, spinner, enclosed cockpit. Another little known design mentioned in the Jimmie Allen series. This model is also known as the "Scarlet Tanager". Not to be confused with the original 1933 J.A. Bluebird, this is a very different model!

Sky Raider
26" Wingspan

Originally kitted by Country Club Aero Supply for Skelly Oil. The featured model for the 1936 Jimmie Allen Air Races.

Spartan Bomber
32" Wingspan

Designed for the Captain Midnight radio program. Accepted as eligible for modern Jimmie Allen events as Capt. Midnight was created by the writers of The Air Adventures of Jimmie Allen, and was also sponsored by Skelly Oil. Originally kitted by Country Club Aero Supply for Skelly Oil.

J.A. Skokie

The Skokie, also known as the "B.A. Cabin", was designed for the Canadian Jimmy Allen Contests, which were sponsored by British American Oil Company Ltd., which was the Canadian subsidiary of Skelly Oil. This model is still being produced in 2013 by Easy Built Models in Georgia (see link at bottom of this page).

J.A. Racer (B.A. Parasol), 1939
28" Wingspan, 9.5" prop

The J.A. Racer, also known as the B.A. Parasol, was designed for the Canadian Jimmy Allen Contests, which were sponsored by British American Oil, which was the Canadian subsidiary of Skelly Oil. This model is still being produced in 2013 by Easy Built Models in Georgia (see link at bottom of this page).

Current Sources for Jimmie Allen Models

Laser-cut complete kits of the Skokie, Parasol, Blue Flash, and Jimmie Allen Special are currently produced and sold by Easy Built Models.

Plans and laser-cut "short kits" are available for the Bluebird, Skokie, Thunderbolt, Sky Chief, and Sky Raider are available from Jim O'Reilly Model Plans of Wichita, Kansas.

Plans and laser-cut "short kits" are available for the BA Cabin (Skokie), Parasol, Bluebird, Blue Flash, Silver Streak, Skyraider, Spartan Bomber, Thunderbolt, Sky Chief, and Yellow Jacket are available from Bob Holman Plans of San Bernardino, California.