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Sesame Street
Big Bird builds an airplane
Air date December 25, 1974
Season Season 6 (1974-1975)
Sponsors C, U, 6
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird is worried that he can't fly like other birds can. David tells him not to worry; he can do things that other birds can't. Big Bird sees an airplane in the sky, and goes off to build one so he can fly.
Song Joe Raposo sings "Flying."
(First: Episode 0394)
SCENE 2 Luis sees the makeshift box airplane Big Bird has just built, which has some of its parts in the wrong places. He fixes it so it looks like the diagram, then Big Bird climbs into it - backwards.
Cartoon A girl shows how good she is at drawing buildings.
(First: Episode 0454)
C Clipper.jpg
Cartoon C is for clipper... and captain, crew, cargo, cookies, cantaloupe, cabbage, candy, cake, and corks that the crew eats (some by mistake).
(First: Episode 0253)
SCENE 3 Susan helps Big Bird prepare for takeoff, and the plane actually takes off! Big Birdโ€™s flight is short-lived, as he crash lands almost immediately.
Cartoon Speech Balloon: C for carrot
(First: Episode 0203)
Bath Precautions.JPG
Muppets Ernie & Bert โ€” Ernie brings an umbrella, a flashlight, and Bert's bowling ball to the bathtub, just in case the electricity goes out, the roof leaks, and somebody shows up asking to borrow a bowling ball. Bert thinks that Ernie is being ridiculous -- but everything happens, just as Ernie predicted.
(First: Episode 0269)
Film A flower opens and closes.
(First: Episode 0441)
Cartoon Some kids wander into the word OPEN, where there's a party going on.
(First: Episode 0394)
Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot invents a complicated machine, to test Cookie Monster's problem-solving abilities. Cookie Monster needs to pull the string to raise the glass cover off the plateful of cookies at the other end -- but when he lets go to retrieve the cookies, the cover will fall again. Herbert hears Cookie Monster approaching, and hides to observe him. Cookie investigates the machine for a moment, then gets the cookies by karate-chopping the glass cover.
(First: Episode 0132)
Animation Sand C/c
(First: Episode 0625)
Film C is for cars on the highway.
(First: Episode 0469)
Cast On a desert island, a parched Luis finds a coconut, which has a letter C inside.
Cartoon C for canary (role reversal)
Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot and the "ET" family, part 1: WET.
(First: Episode 0473)
Cartoon C for Candle (blows man away)
Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot and the "ET" family, part 2: SET.
(First: Episode 0473)
1095o.jpg Cartoon C is for Cowboy
Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot and the "ET" family, part 3: MET.
(First: Episode 0473)
Fox and crow.JPG
Cartoon A minstrel sings about a fox who outsmarts a crow.
Artist: Etienne Delessert
(First: Episode 0631)
Cartoon Donnie Budd counts six snails, six ships, and six whales.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0324)
Film "Six Song (Song of Six)."
(First: Episode 0011)
SCENE 4 Big Bird sings "Somebody Come and Play" as he roams Sesame Street looking for his friends, who appear in the arbor and invite him to play.
Cartoon Three birds enter a cuckoo clock to do their job.
(First: Episode 0407)
Celebrity Carol Burnett runs the gamut of emotions while counting to 20.
(First: Episode 0132)
Film A gymnast demonstrates "between."
(First: Episode 0542)
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit attempts to demonstrate between with two poles, which are actually mops held by Grover and Herry.
(First: Episode 0283)
Cartoon "Poverty Uโ€
(First: Episode 0036)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Three dolphins jump together.
(First: Episode 0222)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment โ€” The Count asks Ingrid to teach him how to count to 20 in Spanish.
(First: Episode 0477)
Cartoon OPEN -- "Would you mind closing our OPEN?"
(First: Episode 0512)
Film Various objects become OPEN.
(First: Episode 0442)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: U for Umbrella
(First: Episode 0038)
Muppets "Wonderful/Yucchy"
(First: Episode 0177)
Film A steam shovel picks up debris.
(First: Episode 0034)
Letter C toon.jpg
Cartoon A man gets a letter C in the mail.
(First: Episode 0294)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment โ€” Ernie, Bert, and Shola illustrate "between".
(First: Episode 0542)
Cartoon A man (voice of Bob Arbogast) talks about his favorite letter, C, which is for cat. He opens a door to reveal a lion.
(First: Episode 0032)
Film A turtle walks slowly.
Music: "Funeral March of a Marionette" by Charles Gounod
(First: Episode 0281)
Muppets Kermit the Frog counts six happy little Twiddlebugs, and when he is finished, the Twiddlebugs have a party.
(First: Episode 0280)
Cartoon Jazz #6
(First: Episode 0011)
SCENE 5 Big Bird goes to Hooper's Store, and is about to order something from โ€œMr. Dooperโ€. Mr. Hooper tries to teach Big Bird how to pronounce his name by breaking the word into two syllables on cards. He gets it right, then Mr. Hooper asks what he wants. He answers, โ€œI just wanted a bowl of hoop, Mr. Souper.โ€
Celebrity Carol Burnett demonstrates "what you can do with your nose."
(First: Episode 0131)
Cat toon2.jpg
Cartoon Speech Balloon: C for cat (impostor)
(First: Episode 0029)
Film At a fiesta, a group of kids try to break through a piรฑata.
(First: Episode 0619)
Cartoon A bear counts bees
(First: Episode 0083)
Muppets Ernie & Bert โ€” Ernie is painting a portrait of Bert, but paints Bert with curly hair, glasses and a beard. When Bert gets angry about this, Ernie takes him behind the easel and puts curly hair, glasses and a beard on Bert.
(First: Episode 0365)
Cartoon "Danny knows the alphabet, and is he proud! If you can follow him, then sing out loud!"
(First: Episode 0406)
Dot Bridge 01 straight.jpg
Cartoon Dot Bridge #1
(First: Episode 0001)
SCENE 6 The sponsors are announced.

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