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American Junior Aircraft Company History, the 1950's

The American Junior Super-Sonic Jet
was produced from 1954 to the early 1960's
as a high speed catapult launch glider.

American Junior Super-Sonic Jet, balsa glider
The Super-Sonic jet as packaged by American Junior in the mid 1950's, with aluminum ailerons for flight adjustment.
A-J Supersonic Jet balsa glider instructions
Later models came with instruction sheets, this one shows how to use the ailerons to control the flight path.
Super-Sonic Jet from American Junior second generation
American Junior later modified the original Super-Sonic Jet to produce this straight wing version. Notice the gauge on the wing to set adjustment for flight characteristics, included on all versions. (Photo D. Pecota Collection)
Super-Sonic Jet from American Junior, two versions
Here you can see both versions side by side. (Photo D. Pecota Collection)

Magazine advertisement for the American Junior SuperSonic Jet
Magazine AD from the 1950's introducing the
Jim Walker Super-Sonic Jet.

American Junior Display Rack
You can see the Super‑Sonic Jet proudly displayed in this A-J factory transparency. Also not the newly bagged "74" Fighter with red wings instead of the traditional blue.


2013 Experimental Folding Wing Super-Sonic Jet

Folding Wing A-J Supersonic Jet by Scott Griffith
American Junior Classics experimented with creating a Super-Sonic folding wing glider, using all original metal parts and an original Super-Sonic Jet. The folding mechanism works well but the wing tip covered the rubber launching slot so the wing had to be trimmed for test flying.
Folding wing American Junior Supersonic Jet experiment by Scott Griffith
The fuselage is the same thickness as the 404 Interceptor and the standard straddle wire was close to a good match in size. When the model was finally ready to test fly, the results revealed it to not be a great idea as the model needs a lot of speed to fly well and the folding wing design is best adapted for slower gliding flights. It was a fun experiment to do and reminded me of the many experiments I would do as a kid....Scott Griffith


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