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Red Parker 45 Flighter



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Can anyone please tell me anything about this Red Parker 45 Flighter - it's not something I have come across before with matching red section and end tip on a brushed steel Flighter body with gold trim.

Pen was made in the US but I purchased it from Japan. Fine 14K Gold nib fitted when I got it.

 

Was this a standard colour? Any idea of dates ... anything would be useful! Thank you.

 

http://pencollect.co.uk/personal/45red.jpg

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Not sure but I think there were hell of alot of 45 flighter varients. I have 3 45 flighters and there all different to each other and different to yours. Even all 3 filling mechanisms are different and some have the nib size letter under the barrel by the nib and some dont. Very confusing these 45 flighters.

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Never seen one like this before. Mine has a black section and no end piece on the bottom where yours is red. Mine is a late 60's model.

Brad

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Cool find.

I'm jealous. :wub: Now I want one.

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Mob Mentality

I know this post is old but I recently purchased a similar pen. Mine is more of a burgundy than a red, doesn't have the gold trim, and has a steel nib. The only mention of this type of pen I have found is here: http://pencollect.co.uk/parker45.htm According to the article, "Early models had a silver arrow clip and a black plastic end cap although at some point in the early 1970s the black tip was changed to a silver metal tip. Rarer versions exist with coloured end caps and shell section to match, for example red."

 

Here's mine next to a regular flighter:

 

 

 

 

http://i1377.photobucket.com/albums/ah48/Davide_Borrelli/Parker%2045%20Flighter_01_zpssiym9zqo.jpg

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Mob Mentality

According to the article linked above, the Parker 45 Special wasn't introduced until 2001. If that article is accurate the red model you original post is a rare Flighter Deluxe which has gold trim and nib. Also Parker 45s with the plastic end cap were no longer produced starting in the early seventies when they switched to a metal end cap. This would indicate that both of our pens are likely from the late 60s to the early seventies. By the late 70s the pens no longer had any end cap plastic or metal. Would you mind posting a picture of the blue one.

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Mob Mentality

Thanks for the correction. Wow! That's a real looker! Excellent picture. Thanks. Now I'm wondering if mine is an earlier version of the flighter special because it doesn't have the gold trim.

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