Thursday, December 26, 2013

Flying Saucer Patent Received

On this date in 1967, "Steady" Ed Headrick was awarded the first utility patent on a flying disc (U.S. patent 3,359,678). Although the patent document called it a "flying saucer," Edward E. Headrick's professional model became the modern Frisbee with its band of raised ridges named for Headrick, which stabilized flight as opposed to the wobbly flight of its predecessor - the Pluto Platter. Headrick, a Wham-O employee, assigned the patent to Wham-O for $10!

Headrick's patent drawing
RELATED: Morrison's patent of a flying toy.

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