1979 Geauga Lake commercial

Thursday, April 12, 2012 12:55 AM

Wish I could go now!

Ahhh... The Big Dipper! What a great ride that was.

At 0:17 there is one of those really cool fighter plane trainer things - the only one I know of it as Lake Winnepesaukah. I wonder how many of those were ever built? Was a great ride, too.

Last edited by CoasterDemon, Thursday, April 12, 2012 12:58 AM
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Thursday, April 12, 2012 1:08 AM

Sigh. Still miss it.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012 7:13 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=bd-Zjb16vQ0#t=20s

I didn't know Zach Galifainakis was doing commercials in 1979. :)

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Thursday, April 12, 2012 7:51 AM

^How'd you set the link to a specific time?

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Thursday, April 12, 2012 8:05 AM

I'm just good like that. ;)

Just kidding. Just right click, and there's an option to "copy URL at current time."

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Thursday, April 12, 2012 8:44 AM

I believe there's only two Fly-O-Planes left, Lake Winnie's and a traveling model in the U.K. I don't know how many were actually built, but I've seen shots of various installations in vintage postcards. It was part of Eyerly Aircraft's arsenal of O-Plane rides developed in the 30's and 40's.

I didn't know the ride existed until I made my first visit to Geauga in the early 70's. I remember being fascinated by the workings of the ride, noting that it was completely mechanical, ingeniously using cables and wires to lift the ride into action. No computers or hydraulics required. At that time the ride was situated near the front gate, then after the western themed section of the park was developed it was painted and moved to a spot near the Double Loop. I don't know when it was removed, but I seem to remember a Scrambler taking it's place.

The ride is perhaps one of those that's more fun to watch than to ride. It was dificult to get the plane to roll, and most riders spent their time circling upside down the entire ride. Not too comfortable. A skilled rider could get the thing to roll, but more often than not it would roll out of control and no amount of wing flapping could stop it. I'm not sure which was worse. Here's an vid of a "good" roll on the Fly-O-Plane.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0HQHKd7dCI&feature=related

yea, um... no thanks. If that had been me I'd still be laying somewhere trying to figure out how to get up.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012 12:24 PM

Raven-Phile said:
Just right click, and there's an option to "copy URL at current time."

Alternately, you can click Share, then Options, and you can type in a specific time and even get a shortened URL.

I'd still like to see the infamous "we drove past Cedar Point to go to Six Flags WoA" commercial. I've heard stories but never actually saw it back in the day.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012 12:39 PM

RCMAC said:

The ride is perhaps one of those that's more fun to watch than to ride. It was dificult to get the plane to roll, and most riders spent their time circling upside down the entire ride. Not too comfortable. A skilled rider could get the thing to roll, but more often than not it

Huh!? I loved it at Lake Winnie. Rode it once alone and once with my friend (that was a bit painful, I will admit). But the fun and *charm* of that ride is very rare. We didn't have a hard time maneuvering the thing; I guess it did take a couple revolutions to get the hang of it.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012 12:57 PM

Raven-Phile said:
Just kidding. Just right click, and there's an option to "copy URL at current time."

I never knew that. I've always added the time part to the end of the link manually.

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