US 3700172 A
A toy craft which is lifted aloft by water jet means. This device includes internal tubes directed to spray nozzles on the underside of the craft and the rate of flow of the water is controlled by valve means and a control box which is placed on the ground and is connected to a water faucet.
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United States Patent Gallegos, Sr.
[ 1 REACTION POWERED TOY FLYING CRAFT  Inventor: James I. Gallegos, Sr., 10553 Greenway, El Paso, Tex. 79925  Filed: Sept. 9, 1971  Appl.No.: 178,946
 U.S. Cl ..239/188, 46/44, 46/74 D, 239/192, 244/12 C, 244/136  Int. Cl. ..B05b 3/00  Field of Search ..239/178, 188,191, 192; 46/74 D, 44, l J, 91; 244/12 C, 136
 References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,634,165 4/1953 Murphy ..244/136 X 2,921,743 l/l960 Westover et a1 ..239/188 [is] 3,700,172 [451' Oct. 24, 1972 2,954,932 10/1960 Albano ..239/192 X 3,079,727 3/1963 Melin ..46/44 X 3,080,676 3/1963 Stanzel ..46/44 X 3,093,927 6/1963 Smith ..46/44 X FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS 3 1,066,927 10/1959 Germany ..46/44 Primary Examiner-M. Henson Wood, Jr. Assistant Examiner-Edwin D. Grant  ABSTRACT A toy craft which is lifted aloft by water jet means. This device includes internal tubes directed to spray nozzles on the underside of the craft and the rate of flow of the water is controlled by valve means and a control box which is placed on the ground and is connected to a water faucet.
3 Claims, 5 Drawing Figures PATENTEDnbI 24 m2 INVENTOR. JAMES I? GALLEGOS 55 connected at its opposite end to spigot 29. Spigot 29 is opened and the water flows to the valves 24. The valves levers 25 are slowly urged upwards within the slots 26,
Another object of this invention is to provide a toy craft which will simulate a saucer-like structure which will have leg members for it to rest upon when on the ground.
A further object of this invention is to provide a craft of the type described which may hover or travel a distance above the lawn by means of the spray jets which are controlled by the valves within a control box.
A further object of this invention is to provide a toy flying craft which will also serve as a means for water? ing the lawn or garden and with a degree of skill, the operator will be able to steer the craft between objects.
Other objects of the present invention are to provide a reaction powered toy flying craft which is simple inv design, inexpensive to manufacture, rugged in construction, easy to use and efficient in operation.
These and other objects will be readily evident upon a study of the following specification and the accom- V panying drawing wherein:
FIG. 1 is a side view of the present invention showing the craft airborne;
FIG. 2 is an enlarged side view of the craft shown in elevation and separated from the control box;
FIG. 3 is a bottom plan view of FIG. 2;
FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the control box unit; and
FIG. 5 is a top plan view of FIG. 4 shown partly broken away.
According to this invention, a toy flying craft is shown to include a circular lightweight plastic body 11 having a cone-shaped upper portion 12 and a base portion 13 to which is secured fixedly in a suitable manner, a plurality of legs 14 which supports the craft 10 when it is on the ground.
A bottom cover 15 is secured in place on the base portion 13 by means of a plurality of spaced apart thus enabling water to travel into the flexible hoses l8 and from there into the tubes 19 and 21.
As water starts to flow air 18 pushed out of the spray jets 22 causing a hissing sound and finally water is forced out of the spray jets 22' and the resulting reaction force will lift craft 10 upwards.
When the levers are brought all the way up thus opening the valves 24 wide open, the craft 10 will rise and will hover. The direction of travel may be effected by varying the positions of the levers 25 of the valves placed within the extending portion of tube 27 preventscrew fasteners 16, the cover 15 enabling inspection of the interior of craft 10 when desired.
An opening 17 through cover 15 in its center, carries free' flexible hoses 18, one of each hose 18 being secured to a stationary tube 19. Tubes 19 are coupled by means of couplings 20, to tubes 21 which enables water to be passed out of the spray nozzles 22 which are spaced apart through the base portion 13 of craft 10.
mg particles from entering craft l0 and from time to time, the spray jet nozzles 22 may be cleaned by raiding with a pin of the correct diameter.
What I claim is:
1. A reaction powered toy flying craft, comprising a hollow circular plastic body, a plurality of spaced apart legs carried by the base of said body providing a means of resting said craft upon the ground when it is not in flight, a plurality of flexible hoses carried by said craft providing passage means for water into fixed tubes within said body of said craft, jet nozzles carried by said craft enabling water to be sprayed out of said craft in order that it will lift from the ground, a control box having control valve means for controlling the direction and height of said craft, lever means carried by said control box providing a means of opening and closing the valves of said control box, cover means carried by said craft enabling inspection of the interior of said craft when desired. 2. The combination according to claim 1, wherein the base portion of said body of said craft is provided with a plurality of equally spaced apart spray jets which face downward in order to provide the reaction force for making said craft airborne and said flexible hoses are secured within the center of said cover and are connected to radially spaced apart tubes which are connected by coupling means to other tubes secured to the jets and the opposite ends of said flexible hoses extending from said craft are one each, secured to a valve within said control box, said valve being controlled by said movable levers which are pivotable upwards and downwards for controlling the amount of force of the water.
3. The combination according to claim 2, wherein a garden hose is connected to a water spigot at one end and the other end is secured to a tube mutually connected to said valves to thus supply water to said craft and upon raising said levers of said valves simultaneously, said craft becomes airborne and by maneuvering said levers said craft may be steered to travel in any direction or all controls may be set evenly so that it will hover.