80′s Toy – The Original Flying Turtle

Fun and fast, the Original Flying Scooter from the 80′s is a kid-powered seated scooter that provides hours of indoor/outdoor play for children aged 3 to 12 years old. This award-winning toy’s unique method of propulsion has made it the subject of studies in experimental nonlinear physics–but we like it for the good times it provides. Simply sit on the molded seat, put your feet on the chrome handle bars, and swing the handlebars side to side to propel yourself forward on level surfaces.

Ready for vigorous play, the Flying Turtle can handle up to 150 pounds and is constructed with a high-quality molded plastic seat, a chrome-colored, powder-coated handlebar, and polyurethane wheels. Great for indoors or outdoors, the Flying Turtle can be ridden on linoleum or hardwood floors, as the polyurethane wheels will not leave marks or scratches. It works great on concrete or asphalt surfaces and on the sidewalk or driveway outside.

Kid-tested and kid-approved, the Flying Turtle was originally designed by a retired Boeing engineer in the 1970s for his grandson. He used a tractor seat on the prototype model that still resembles the seat of today. The Flying Turtle’s front wheels are connected to the handlebars by a lever in such a way that the torque applied to the handlebars when the rider swings them causes a lateral friction force by the wheels on the ground and accelerates the car forward.

Here’s what one reviewer had to say, “This is a fun toy and the kids get a lot of amused looks when they ride on it. It works well when the conditions are right, and not at all when they are wrong. The “right” conditions are a flat and smooth surface (asphalt or concrete – doesn’t matter) that is completely free of gravel or any any debris. Under those conditions, the design works fine. Just sit on it, start moving the handles, and the motion of the front wheels “magically” pulls you along. A little pricey for what you get and the limited usefulness, but it’s a fun toy if the price doesn’t matter and you have the right space to use it.”

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