The Flintstone Flyer

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For the vehicle itself, see Flintstone Flyer.
The Flintstone Flyer
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Barney flying upside down above a confused Fred.
Production number: P-2[1]
Premiere date: September 30, 1960
Starring: Alan Reed
Mel Blanc
Jean Vander Pyl
Bea Benaderet
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin
Writers: Michael Maltese
Directors: William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
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"The Flintstone Flyer" is the first episode of The Flintstones season one. It aired on September 30, 1960 on ABC. It was written by Michael Maltese, and produced and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, the creators of the series and the founders of Hanna-Barbera Productions.

Fred uses Barney's new invention in a scheme for him and Barney to go bowling, instead of going to the opera with their wives.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes

Fred: 2,500 people in Bedrock, and I had to pick this pebblebrain for a neighbor.


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Fred Flintstone Alan Reed
Wilma Flintstone Jean Vander Pyl
Paper boy Jean Vander Pyl
Barney Rubble Mel Blanc
Betty Rubble Bea Benaderet
Opera singer Unavailable







The cast was recorded on February 4, 1960.[1]


The score was composed by Hoyt Curtin.


Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: September 30, 1960 on ABC

Behind the scenes

  • Fred mentions that Bedrock has a population of 2,500 people; this number also shows up in the intro of the show's first two seasons.
  • In the bowling alley, there is a human operating a Coco-nut Koola machine instead of it usually being run by an animal. Another human was seen operating a machine after this episode in "The Girls' Night Out", but it has never been seen since.


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