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Episode 1145

Air Date: March 5, 1971
Previous Episode: 1144
Next Episode: 1146

Mister Rogers arrives with a simple model airplaine which he puts together as he sits on the floor. He talks about how he became frustrated when he was a boy and tried to put together a very detailed model. Outside waiting on a visit from a friend, Mister Rogers sings Children Can.

Don Williamson stops by with his large remote controlled airplane. As Mister Rogers watches from outside his house, Mr. Williamson goes to a nearby field and demonstrates how his plane flies.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, the Platypus family is preparing to leave for Australia. Although King Friday has not given them permission to go, he agrees to help launch the Platypus family's flying machine. With the King's assistance, the Platypus family departs on a 21-day trip to Australia.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers fills a balloon with helium and shows how it rises. Before singing I Did Too, he talks about losing a helium balloon once when he was a boy.


The film of Don Williamson and his remote-controlled plane is later seen in Episode 1287.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Don Williamson




Episode Credits

Produced by WQED Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in association with Small World Enterprises Inc. for N.E.T.

Created and written by Fred Rogers
Produced and directed by Sam Silberman
Music Director: John Costa
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, W.P. Barker (uncredited), Joe Negri, Don Williamson
Film: Diana Dean, George Boyle
Psychological Consultants: Margaret B. McFarland Ph.D., Albert V. Corrado M.D.
Associate Producer: Diana Dean
Lighting Directors: Art Siegel, Al Brennecke
Art Director: Jack Guest
Production Assistant: David Newell
Technical Supervisors: Tom Knight, Ken Anderson
Video Tape Editor: Chet Bednar
Cameramen: Bob Vaughn, Dick Reschoff
Video: Don Williamson
Audio: Chuck Sradomski, Dick LaSota

Production funds for this television visit were provided by a grant from the Sears Roebuck Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

© 1970 National Educational Television and Radio Center

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