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Patent: Flying Top

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"The free end of the cord is grasped and pulled quickly, which will cause the spindle and top therein to revolve rapidly, and the inclined blades of the top acting on the air like the ordinary propeller blade acts on the water, cause the top to leave the spindle and sail away through the air."

Patent: Flying Top
Milton H. Jackson
October  1893
Patent, 3 pages

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Application for patent filed March 25 1893; patent granted October 17 1893.

"My invention relates to an improvement in flying tops, and it consists in certain novel features of construction and combinations of parts which will be hereinafter more fully described and pointed out in the claims."

A very early patent, certainly the oldest on RCLibrary so far.

Direct submission to RCLibrary.


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Patent: Flying Top
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User comments:

I built these as a kid, didn't look quite the same but the result was identical. Mine were made from an empty thread spool mounted on a dowel as the axle, with a washer on top to keep the spool attached to the dowel. My prop had only two blades, cut out of a tin can, with two small holes near the center. Two small nails were embedded into the top of the spool, heads cut off and fitted loosely into the prop holes. Wrap string around the spool to provide power to spin the prop, which flies off the two nails into the air. If you adjust the tin prop with very little pitch, it will rise just a little in the air and hover close by until it gives out. More pitch will launch it up to the height of the trees, fluttering down when its momentum has spent. Thicker metal will give a longer flight because of the added weight. Lots of fun for a 12 year old kid......
DougSmith - 10/04/2016
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