This pick is from our spring online only toy auction which is being held on Saturday, February 9th, 2019 beginning at 9 AM EST. The showcases and tables here in Downingtown, Pennsylvania will be filled with a nice cross section of toys, from contemporary to folk art, tin wind-up to battery operated, there seems to be something for everyone. There is a very nice group of Japanese battery operated and friction toys from the Estate of Jonathan Barrow of Los Angeles, California. My pick this week flew in on the red eye from this unique collection. I picked lot #1183, a German pilot trainer which is a tin battery-operated toy. This British European Airways airplane sits on the runway which is on a continuous feed “treadmill”. Although the toy is currently not working it has been fun to raise and lower the plane and make noises. I have a nephew who is currently in the process of getting his pilot’s license. We were very proud when at 17 he did his first solo flight. I am wondering if this toy would give him more experience and get him in the friendly skies quicker? It certainly would be cheaper!