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A daily look back at the toys, games, and objects that captured our attention as children and continue to fascinate us today.

The Wing Thing from Gilbert Toys (1963)

In 1963, Gilbert released The Wing Thing, an “all-weather flying vehicle” that stood a whopping 36-inches long by 48-inches wide. The mostly plastic toy was equipped with a .074 Thunderhead engine, so The Wing Thing flew under its own power, either free or tethered with a line attached. It was also capable of engine-less flight, doubling down as a rugged glider/kite that would spin and loop while gliding, thanks to an adjustable counter-weight on the fuselage.

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