Toys of the Seventies, Sleek Streak

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Balsa-wood, elastic band propelled airplane, with wheels for take off and landing. Also were the Star Flyer (top of the range) & Skeeter (Glider). Planes would fly for about 30 seconds given a hand launch.... usually into someone elses back garden!
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MK - March 15, 2009 - Report this comment
Back in the 70's, I bought many Sleek Streaks and Skeeters. They were cheap, easy to assemble, and flew well. The Skeeter was in fact a small rubber powered airplane, and not a glider.
Brett Buck - May 28, 2009 - Report this comment
The Skeeter was indeed a slightly smaller rubber-powered model. The glider was called the Stunt Flyer. Once I learned where to get good rubber and wind it properly, I had many 1-minute+ flights.
Greg - June 16, 2009 - Report this comment
I couldn't tell you how many Sleek Streaks I flew. Off boards like carries and all. The ultimate flight was a take off with a 2 point landing with a coast out. ( of course all this happening within the confines of the street you were playing on.) It is a sin that these toys are out of existence.
Peter - October 14, 2009 - Report this comment
Way back when on Saturdays, maybe 40 years ago, my buddies and I would ride our bicycles to the IGA (a southern grocery store) and buy Sleek Streaks for $0.25 and spend the rest of the day flying them in a ball park near our neighborhood. I've bought a few rubber powered models recently, but none fly as well as the Sleek Streak.
jondav - November 04, 2009 - Report this comment
we bought sleek streaks back in the 60s ,for such a simple design it was incredible,one flight went for over a quater of a mile.the secret was its extreme light weight. whoever designed it deserves a medal
Martin - November 09, 2009 - Report this comment
I've just bought a balsa/rubber band airplane kit from a large supermarket called S_______ys, they had a novelty range on one of the aisles. I remember the Sleek Streaks well, spent all of my pocket money on them and they rarely lasted the day without being lost or broken. What were those plastic gliders called that you launched with a thick hand-held rubber band, they hurt if you got one in the earhole.
JD Saldivar - January 05, 2010 - Report this comment
I lived on a corner lot,hardly no traffic,I managed to make the Sleek Streak execute awide right hand banking turn! i would not let any one touch it! The rubber launched planes were about 4x4 inches with a tube like fuselage that whistled! True...if that thing hit you, you'd know it! Great altitude also, good times 4 sure!!
great memories - May 22, 2010 - Report this comment
My grandparents had a large lot in pennsylvania, and their house sat at the bottom of a large hill. the property was about 300 feet long, and their backyard sloped uphill. At the back of the property was a large oak and paved access road. We would let the sleak streaks take off from the access road, flying downhill towards their house, and they would float about 10 feet off the ground all the way down the hill. We would run along side the planes, and pretend we were pilots. With the right headwind, they would often times roll out to a perfect landing on their sidewalk. Too cool, and greast memories.
Peter from London - July 03, 2010 - Report this comment
I googled 'Sleek Streak' out of curiosity never expecting to find such an interest in this amazing little 'plane. I and my Father spent many a happy hour in the late 1960s flying these. Tremendous fun for just a couple of shillings or so. We also bought a more substatinal model, 'Trixie', but I can't now remember who manufactured that. Brings back a host of happy memories from care-free times, now a long-gone. Good wishes to you all.
Larry - July 29, 2010 - Report this comment
I had atleast 100 of these models growing up, and spent more than 25,000 hours aloft in fighters, airliners, freighters etc. I emailed Guillows about a year ago and asked, "is the Sleek Streek gone forever??" and they answered, yes, it's gone there will be no more of them. Sorry. I think it's a tragedy. That little plane taught me pitch, power, trim in a way no instructor ever could. I still have a couple, but if you see one on EBay etc.. better grab it. More than one of them carried a smoke bomb aloft that left a very satisfactory smoke trail, and an M-80 with a string taped on, fed into the rubber as it was wound under the CG would make a good bombing run on your buddies (pick one with a LONG fuse if you want your plane back... but sometimes that was fun too!) Combine flying these, and throwing the RIPCORD dude with his red/white parachute... and you had a full days entertainment.
Brien - March 01, 2011 - Report this comment
The last sleek streak I ever owned, in the early seventies, flew ten times better than the fifty or so previous. Highly modified, [took landing gear off moved wing forward,and added two more strands of rubber!]Launched it vertically,went out of sight. probably after about three minutes,and a good 150 ft of altitude ,i caught a glimpse floating straight and level. looked in the area where I thought it might have landed , never to be found! Ive flown many controline , and rc planes since then, nothing has compared to this!!! [working on a scratch build 'sleek streak now for lite rc components!!]
dave - April 08, 2011 - Report this comment
I also had many happy times flying Sleek Streeks. I've been looking for one for a couple of years, and finally decided to make a new one. Using a CAD and an image from the net, I produced some masks which one cut out (CAM machine), and applied to the wood, have been sprayed over in red. Its like a time warp as I removed the masks to reveal pefect reproductions. I'd already collected the wing mount and prop assembly, plus a pair of wheels - but these are not the right ones :( Anybody got a set of those red wheels for sale?
Steve DoBell - May 07, 2011 - Report this comment
Sleek Streaks were the best! They were much less expensive than the larger AJ Hornets, but they flew at least as well. Skeeters were also excellent--they were smaller still, and lacked wheels, but they flew well and cost only fifteen cents. I am grateful to the makers for countless hours of flying excitement.
goerge - August 27, 2011 - Report this comment
Dumbass pilot cant even spell sleek streak correctly no wonder I dont fly on commercial airlines!!!
Laurence - August 30, 2011 - Report this comment
The Sleek Streak flew extremely well. It would take off on it`s port wheel owing to the propeller torque. When I was given my very first Sleek Streak there was some wording on the tail assembly that read "Bend. Oregon" Being only 8 years old I thought that I had to `...bend the "Oregon" ` and that it was a handy tip. I ended up breaking the horizontal stabilser! Bend, Oregon was the place of manufacture, I later found out. A wonderful `plane.
LS6 Tommy - September 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Laurence- Sleek Streek is the proper trademarked name of the bird... Who's the dumbass?? LOL
jimmy - September 10, 2011 - Report this comment
SLEEK STREAK IS THE PROPER
laurence - September 10, 2011 - Report this comment
yes [sleek streak] is the name .and flying was the game, learn to spell, TOMMMMMMY!
cooper - September 10, 2011 - Report this comment
yes ,laurence ,I worked for north pacific ,in the HEYDAY. It was spelled SLEEK STREAK!
rubber band man - November 01, 2011 - Report this comment
north pacific, you were great! from the star flyer, to the SLEEK STREAK THANKYOU!!!
Michael Pahl - May 13, 2012 - Report this comment
every time we went shopping I got a sleek streak, all the kids in the neighborhood and me would play airport.. make them take off and crash into each other... Growing up in the 60s was different..
Ronald - August 11, 2012 - Report this comment
I would glue a hook on the very end of the tail and get a longer rubber band to extend the flight. Also I would take off the wheels to make it lighter(It would crash anyway) and adjust the balance by moving the wings back(slightly nose down would prevent a stall when under the high powered take off and then to establish a good glide to finish the flight). Then move the rudder back out of its slot a little to bend it and get a little right rudder, countering the propeller torque and resulting in a straighter climb. I would launch from the top of the pasture gate and experience bliss. My longest flight was about 200ft. late '60's early '70's. I want one!
Chris Grayer - August 19, 2012 - Report this comment
I have a number of Guillows vintage balsa aircraft in the original packaging including Sleek Streak and Skeeter that I am thinking of auctioning on EBay. Is there any interest?
LS6 Tommy - August 28, 2012 - Report this comment
Rubber band man, you may have worked for North Pacific, but I'm afraid you and Lawrence are wrong. Jimmy is right. I have quite a few North Pacific Products airplanes in my collection, at least 3 of them are Sleek Streeks. Sleek Streek is the way the name is spelled on the wings & packaging...
LS6 Tommy - August 28, 2012 - Report this comment
Cooper, you may have worked for North Pacific, but unfortunately you & Lawrence are wrong. I have quite a few North Pacific Products airplanes in my collection & Sleek Streek is the way the name is spelled on the wings & packagin of all of them.
LS6 Tommy - August 28, 2012 - Report this comment
Lookieheer: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=sleek+streek+pictures&view=detail&id=BF35ECA87ECE3C069EBCC4178E210DED75135605
LS6 Tommy - August 28, 2012 - Report this comment
Sorry, rubber band man. I didn't mean to drag you into the issue.
nichewebstrategies - October 03, 2012 - Report this comment
I found quite a few old north pacific balsa and foam planes in a box in my attic a few weeks ago. I’ve put them up on ebay in case anyone is interested in them. Skeeter http://www.ebay.com/itm/230858387524?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 Stunt Flyer http://www.ebay.com/itm/230860285259?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
terry from the uk - April 30, 2013 - Report this comment
my dad baught me a solid plastic glider it was a lockheed U2 , it had removable wings, this was back in the 60,s it was launched by a huge elastic band, i think it had a wingspan of around 16,to20, inches, if memmory serves, if anyone knows anything about them i would be greatfull, no one in the UK seems to remember them? if you do please mail me at ,splez4gilligan@aol.co.uk, i would be greatfull as i want to show my granson what we had back then as toys ,lol, out in all weathers not sitting at a pc all weekend,,yours hopefully, terry
Bob Silva - August 16, 2014 - Report this comment
Growing up in Citrus Heights Cal. during 60's & 70's(10-13yrs age).In a vacant field near my home I would spend Endless hours flying kites and or Sleek Streeks . talk about addiction, My family would go on long vacations and I would always take a supply sleek streeks with me.Yah don't want to run out in say...Yellowstone or such.
John - December 12, 2014 - Report this comment
Yes, what wonderful models the Skeeter & Sleek Streak were. I bought Skeeters for 15 cents. They had blue imprinting. Sleek Streaks were 29 cents, and had red inking, with wheels. Both flew great -- higher than the utility poles. They were steady and beautiful. It was like magic! I became a science teacher and have a love for models to this day, which I try to pass along to my students. Things like this, in my opinion, are much more effective than computer simulations.
Gary - December 19, 2014 - Report this comment
I have just bought a Star Flyer and an Astro-Gnat off of Ebay for 99p + £2.50 postage!!...Now there's a bargain!! I also have Sleek Streeks, Skeeters, Strato's (big & small), Stunt Flyer, Space Flyers (I managed to get a nearly full shop counter display box of S pace Flyers!)....all bought off of Ebay....I was only going to get a Sleek Streek & big Strato because they were the ones I flew as a child in the late 60's / early 70's....They are addictive!!!!! I have been very lucky to get these but just missed out on a North Pacific Catalogue from the 1960's...Ah well! The kids of today don't know what they're missing!!!
Gabriel - February 18, 2015 - Report this comment
I remember flying a Sleek Streak in my Uncles tiny front garden in Liverpool in 1973. Biggest thrill was getting it to rise from the ground and fly over the garage side wall! The design was superb - In my opinion much better that the modern equivalents that you see for sale occasionally.
Raghunath - April 23, 2016 - Report this comment
Sleek streak was the best one. Star flyer was a little on the heavy side and skeeter........well, everything i ever learned about aerodynamics - sleek streak. wish they were still around.
George Anton - April 26, 2016 - Report this comment
I'm looking at a North Pacific Sleek Streek right now that I found in my basement about a week ago. It says "Sleek" on the left wing, and "Streek" on the right wing. It's last flight was in 1973 just before I joined the United States Air Force. Sleek Streeks were the start of an aviation career that spanned 50 years of instructing, ag-flying, towing and flying gliders,... They're a blast to fly and a great instructional tool. Way back when, I balanced the prop and sprayed the landing gear and propeller a more proper flat black. This one is in pretty good shape. I'll MOH the engine, and she'll be ready to sign off. I Don't think I'll risk losing this rare little ship with a flight. I can't believe I still have a Sleek Streek!
George Anton - April 29, 2016 - Report this comment
Another excellent flyer was Testor's Big Dipper. It was larger than most and had a substantial propeller with a considerable amount of rubber behind it. If you let it slip it would really wack your finger. It's larger size allowed for more rubber which enabled it to gain quite a bit of altitude.
Dave - July 18, 2017 - Report this comment
Guillow's Please bring back the Sleek Streek and the Star Flyer. Thank You

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