the ted scott flying series

by Franklin W. Dixon


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“You'll like Ted Scott. He's a daring young American whose feats of flying thrill the whole world, but he keeps a level head on his shoulders. The whole flying series has been inspired by recent aerial exploits and is dedicated to Lindbergh, Commander Byrd, Clarence Chamberlin and other heroes of the skies.” - 1930s Grosset & Dunlap advertisement.
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Publishing Information


Ted Scott is a product of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, published by Grosset & Dunlap from 1927 to 1943.
There are two binding styles: red (1927-1932, volumes 1-15) and tan (1932-1943, all volumes).
Both have a full color dustjacket and glossy frontispiece, except vols. 19 & 20 which are printed on plain paper.
Red editions had plain endpapers, tan editions had illustrated endpapers.
The pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon was also used for the Hardy Boys stories.
For the first several years of publication, the Ted Scott series outsold the Hardy Boys by a wide margin.
Author for all volumes was Frank Duffield
    Illustrators
  • Walter S. Rogers (volumes 1-14)
  • J. Clemons Gretter (volumes 15-18)
  • I.B. Hazelton (volumes 19-20)

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A Guide To The Plot Of Every Ted Scott Book Ever Written
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"I sure would like to make that record breaking flight and win that prize money" stated Ted Scott, hero to untold millions.

"Please let me write you a check to finance your new plane" responded Ted's loyal friend, rich young businessman, Walter Hapworth.

"Oh but you must let me pay half" protested Paul Monet, a rich Frenchman whose life Ted had once saved.

"Oh Ted, I just know something terrible will happen" blubbered Ted's aged, care-worn foster mother, Charity Browning.

"Don't worry Ma, I guess the Lord is the Lord of the air as well as the ground" consoled her husband, the ever credulous Eben Browning.

"Well, now that that's settled, I must go down to the Devally-Hipson Aero Corporation and see how things are going" stated Ted as he left the formerly run down but now refurbished Bromville House.

Passing the luxurious Hotel Excelsior, owned by Brewster Gale, swindler, thief and general all-around rat, Ted encountered the dissipated, coarse featured, red headed, bucktoothed, gaudily attired sons of the aforementioned Brewster Gale, Gregory and Duckworth, Greg and Duck for short.

"Here we are to taunt and insult you and catch another beating" sneered the twins.

Quick as a wink, the flailing fists of Ted Scott caused both twins to measure their length in the grass.

"We'll be back!" muttered the twins, shaking their fists as they slunk away.

Arriving at the airfield, Ted recounted his adventure to his particular chums, Big Bill Ellison, Tom Maltby, Mark Lawson, Breck Lewis, Jack Forest and Joe Scarlet.

"You sure taught them dogs a lesson! You're all wool and a yard wide and a brick too!" they all vouchsafed.

"Well, I guess I better take off now" stated Ted modestly.

His friends gasped in fear as the heavily laden plane just barely cleared the wires at the end of the runway.

As Ted sailed along happily reflecting that he was now in his natural element, he felt growing pangs of hunger and thirst.

"I guess I'd better have some of those sandwiches and coffee now" he thought to himself.

Shortly thereafter, Ted passed out due to the drugs with which his enemies laced the sandwiches and coffee. In addition, a howling hurricane had suddenly spring up, tossing the little plane about like a chip on the ocean. Still Ted dozed on in a stupor as the gallant little plane sank closer and closer toward the angry ocean's tossing whitecaps.

Suddenly a bolt of lightning hit the plane, arousing Ted from his slumber. He looked out the window and saw scarlet ribbons of flame creeping along the edges of both wings!

"Steady boy, this is no time to panic" thought Ted.

In an example of the now famous "Ted Scott Luck", he guided the plane toward a gigantic waterspout which suddenly appeared before him. Torrents of water quickly extinguished the creeping flames and the updraft of the enormous waterspout quickly pulled the gallant little plane toward the heavens and away from the dangerous ocean.

"Lucky that waterspout came along when it did, I'll tell the world!" murmured Ted.

The skies cleared and Ted sailed along through the starry skies. Suddenly, Ted felt and heard a series of thumps as if a giant was outside the plane banging on it.

"That's no giant, it's the biggest flock of seagulls I've ever seen" exclaimed Ted.

There was no avoiding the flock of maddened birds, soon the engine of the gallant little plane began to falter.

"I guess I'd better bail out!" thought Ted. He hoped Charity was praying for him now. Ted flung open the door and stepped off into space. He quickly pulled the ripcord of his parachute but nothing happened! He would be smashed to bits!

Suddenly the parachute opened wide and Ted found himself floating gently down. "I guess I'm OK now" he thought, "No, wait a minute, I'm still over the ocean! I could be drowned! Wait! What's that sound?"

Ted looked below him and saw his gallant little plane, now running perfectly and on an even keel. "If I can only guide myself so as to land on my plane, I'll be saved!" thought he.

Every muscle in his sinewy body was strained to the breaking point as he guided himself toward his plane. Would he be able to thread the needle? With a final super-human effort, Ted landed upon the onrushing plane and quickly clambered inside. He was safe! He knew Charity must have been praying for him.

"I sure could use some more coffee" thought Ted, "I have to fly over the ocean to Paris, rescue flood victims, fly airmail over the Rockies, break the altitude record, fly to Honolulu, rescue missing flyers in the West Indies, fly south of the Rio Grande, fly to Australia with a stowaway madman on board, be the lone eagle of the border, look for smugglers, break the coast to coast speed record, fly over the jungle, fly to the South Pole, fly to Alaska, fly up the side of Mount Everest, outrace an eclipse, fly around Cape Horn, brush a mountain top, rescue explorers in the stratosphere, hunt spies and pursue enemy platinum pirates in the next World War! And in that order too! It's going to be a busy week!"

My Review Of "Over The Ocean To Paris"

PLOT IN A NUTSHELL: Upright, hardworking-but-poor orphan Ted Scott dreams of a career in aviation while he toils away at his menial job in the mammoth plant of the Devally-Hipson Aero Corporation. His foster father, Eben Browning, was swindled by Brewster Gale, so Ted beats up both of Gale's obnoxious sons a couple of times (An act repeated in most of the other stories as well. You'd think they'd learn to steer clear of Ted!). He then impresses/saves a couple of rich (and apparently very lonely) businessmen, Walter Hapworth and Paul Monet, who wine and dine him and then send him to flying school. After a series of aerial adventures both at school and in the service of the Post Office, one of the rich guys builds him a plane, Ted makes a grueling solo flight to Paris and becomes a world famous hero. THE END

COMMENTS: The Ted Scott series was written to cash in on the aviation craze that swept the nation after "Lucky Lindy" made his famous flight. This story is so close to recounting that flight and Ted Scott so closely resembles Charles Lindbergh, it's a wonder Lindy didn't sue for royalties! The Syndicate must have had it's ghosts working overtime on this volume, since it hit the stands not long after Lindy landed in Paris! Aviation stories had become a staple for "Boys" series' starting not long after Wilbur & Orville made the first flight, however, there were several other aviation series started around this time (Andy Lane, Slim Tyler, Randy Starr among others) but, for my money, the Ted Scott series is superior to them all. This story is well written (surprisingly so, considering the fact that it was rushed into print). It carries the reader along with the right blend of action, adventure and a bit of mystery. I don't know if kids back then were smarter but the prose is certainly superior to that which is written to the same age group today. Ted is a likable hero; loyal, brave, intelligent and self-effacing to a fault and, despite the fact that Ted has amazingly bad luck in the air, his adventures aren't too improbable.

Titles In The Ted Scott Series

01: Over The Ocean To Paris - 1927
or, Ted Scott's Daring Long Distance Flight

02: Rescued In The Clouds - 1927
or, Ted Scott, Hero Of The Air

03: Over The Rockies With The Air Mail - 1927
or, Ted Scott Lost In The Wilderness

04: First Stop Honolulu - 1927
or, Ted Scott Over The Pacific

05: The Search For The Lost Flyers - 1928
or, Ted Scott Over The West Indies

06: South Of The Rio Grande - 1928
or, Ted Scott On A Secret Mission

07: Across The Pacific - 1928
or, Ted Scott's Hop To Australia

08: The Lone Eagle Of The Border - 1929
or, Ted Scott And The Diamond Smugglers

09: Flying Against Time - 1929
or, Ted Scott Breaking The Ocean To Ocean Record

10: Over The Jungle Trails - 1929
or, Ted Scott And The Missing Explorers

11: Lost At The South Pole - 1930
or, Ted Scott In Blizzard Land

12: Through The Air To Alaska - 1930
or, Ted Scott's Search In Nugget Valley

13: Flying To The Rescue - 1930
or, Ted Scott And The Big Dirigible

14: Danger Trails Of The Sky - 1931
or, Ted Scott's Great Mountain Climb

15: Following The Sun Shadow - 1932
or, Ted Scott And The Great Eclipse

16: Battling The Wind - 1933
or, Ted Scott Flying Around Cape Horn

17: Brushing The Mountain Top - 1934
or, Aiding The Lost Traveler

18: Castaways Of The Stratosphere 1935
or, Hunting The Vanished Ballonists

19: Hunting The Sky Spies - 1941
or, Testing The Invisible Plane

20: The Pursuit Patrol - 1943
or, Chasing The Platinum Pirates

German edition of Over The Ocean To Paris

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