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America's 'Ace of the Airwaves' was on the air from 1942-1948. Much of the run was sustained by the network, although Post's Grape Nuts Flakes and Cocoa Marsh were major sponsors.
Subject of episode: Hop was in South America investigating Nazi nastiness. He wanted to know how much his listeners knew about aviation and planes, so he announced an Aviation Quiz Contest to find out. Questions would be announced daily over a two week period and ten prizes would be awarded for each one. The prizes were scale or flying model planes, some worth as much as $5. Only a post card was necessary to enter.
The first ten winners in the Hop Harrigan Aviation Quiz Contest were announced. The first question was, "What is meant by the 'stick' in a plane and what is it used for?"
Title of episode: "The Bentley Circus". Post's Grape Nuts Flakes offered a full color, three-ring, circus. Ring 1 was available at your grocers and came bound between two specially marked packages of Grape Nuts Flakes. Included were boxing kangaroos, clowns, cut outs, magic tricks and riddles, as well as instructions on how to get the other two rings. (You had to send away for them.)
Title of episode: "Atom Bomb Mission". Cocoa Marsh chocolate syrup offered the Hop Harrigan Movie Scope, a viewing device made of durable plastic. Also included were movie films of Hop's current adventure concerning an atomic bomb.
Title of episode: "The Channel Wing Plane". Hop announced a contest to fly around the world with Bill Odum, world famous flyer. It was open to Boy Scouts only, and to apply the scout had to send a letter to Bill telling why he wanted to fly around the world as well as describing his record in the Scouts. There was no sponsor and no link to Hop Harrigan or any aspect of the show.
More Channel Wing Plane adventures. A Hop Harrigan Magnetic Compass Ring was offered. The ring was used in the body of the program for several weeks and the story line was obviously leading up to such an offer. When it came, however, it was announced on this date only. The cost was 15c and since there was no sponsor, no box tops or labels were required. The ring apparently did not include any Hop Harrigan related markings, so it probably was a generic-type ring which may have been available through other programs or even in stores.
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