Flying Disc

Flying Disc Origins

Modern day frisbees have become much more advanced from the original pie tins that children used to toss back and forth.

Thats right: Pie Tins.

It’s said that these flying discs originated in a pie shop,The Frisbie Bakery of Bridgeport, Connecticut to be exact.

The name "Frisbee" originates from the Frisbie Pie Company founded in 1871 by William Russell Frisbie. Children would fling empty pie tins across the room or yard in fascination of their ability to stay air-born.


Rich Knerr, Wham-O company founder, adopted the name "Frisbie" as it was discovered the term was already being used for the flying discs. A spelling amendment to avoid trademark infringement gave birth to the name "Frisbee” in the early 1960s.

Walter Frederick Morrison and Warren Franscioni, however, were the first to add plastic into the flying disc equation. In 1948 they both invented the ‘plastic Frisbie’ that could fly better than flimsy pie tins. After these two partners split up, Morrison went on to call this new plastic disc the “Pluto Platter.” This name derived from the increasing popularity of UFO hysteria surrounding this time.


As the popularity of this new sport grew, so did the possible games in which flying discs could be used. A wide range of disc games such as ‘Ultimate’ and ‘Disc Golf’ have evolved into international sports with substantial followings. From ‘Disc Tennis’ and ‘Disc Soccer’ to ‘Hot Box’ there are plenty of flying disc games for all to play, even man’s best friend.

Other flying disk games include: Crosbee, Dodge Disc, Durango Boot, Flutterguts, Fricket, Goaltimate, Guts, Kan-Jam, Schtick, and many others.

Flying Discs Today

These circular gliders have now been perfected in shape allowing the disc to lift as it spins though the air. Professionals can even mark their target and shoot with particular aim to hit an exact spot.

Apart from athletic events, flying discs are also traditionally thrown and caught free style in parks, backyards, and even college campuses. This flying disc sport has become a worldwide sensation compared to the trivial entertainment it started out as. Thousands of different flying disk types continue to stock store shelves.

Flying discs have also played a big role in the advertising market. Both small businesses and top rated companies print their logo on these toy discs in order to promote their products and services. Lights, colors, and even variating materials have been added over time to maximize flying disc fun.

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