LISTING OF FLEXIBLE FLYER MODELS
As stated above, the dates for the various models
are based upon our best estimates. Only steerable metal runner sleds
are assessed since we have virtually no information on the earlier non
steerable Flyer sleds.
First Series: From after 1889 to about 1908,
up to 6 sizes with flat runners. At some point a goose neck runner
came into being that extended the length of the runner on the ice.
B Series: About 1908 to 1914, up to 6 sizes
with grooved runners. This was the last series with a wooden bumper
and wooden side rails all the way forward.
C Series: From 1915 to about 1928, this
series utilized an all steel front end initiated on the Tuxedo Racer a few
years before. Part way through the series the logo on the center of
the sled was modified. In 1921 the eagle in the logo started
carrying a sled whereas before it was an American shield.
E Series: At some point an E series was made
that, as far as we can tell, was identical to the earlier C Series.
We guess that it was short lived, around 1928. Some Racer models
have been observed with a D Series on them as well, but these two letters
of the series are not well established.
F Series: Around 1928 an articulated bumper
came out in the F models. We have observed F sleds both with the two
piece bumper joined in the middle, and with the two pieces covered by a
single piece. This latter arrangement became the permanent bumper
for all subsequent models and thus the rare F model with out the single
piece over the top can be seen as a significant new development. This
series also inaugurated the simple diamond patterns on the deck and
G Series: Estimated from about 1930 to 1935,
the G series implemented the three piece bumper with the diamond pattern,
and at some point added a "safety" end to the end of the runner. While
the metal bumper continued the straight yellow line seen since 1915, later
G models came out with a pair of diagonal lines. We assume that the
diagonal lines coexisted with the Airline series.
Airline Series: The Airline sleds came out in
1935 with the ends of the runners turned back to the top of the last cross
support. This major change was meant to prevent other sledders from
impaling themselves on the sharp end of another's sled when running into
them. There were numerous Airline models, each with its own name:
Ace (37"); Pilot (41"); Patrol (44"); Pursuit (47");
Junior (51"); Chief (55"); Racer (60"); Cruiser (65");
and (108"). The Airline names were eventually dropped with a
number/letter replacing them, but with the same lengths as before, and the
length being the model number.