Today, most of these rides are gone. A number of parks still have one or more of them led by Lakeside which has three. They only lack the Fly-O-Plane which is the rarest of the four, the only one I am aware of being at Lake Winnie. .
I believe that the demise of these rides was caused by the introduction of bigger thrill rides such as Zippers, Skydivers. Rangers and other rides with similar but more intense thrills. These bigger thrill rides were also showier and many park and carnival operators saw tham as a way to enhance the appeal of their midways.
Most of the surviving O-Planes are in smaller parks where their low capacity isn't a problem and where they add balance by providing strong thrills.
I do remember when Kennywood opened Lost Kennywood and added some "retro" rides including a new Roll-O-Plane (aka Salt and Pepper Shakers), the first one built in over a decade. The ride is gone now, probably because it was too low-capacity for a park of KWs size.
You have disturbed the forbidden temple, now-you-will-pay!!!
Just a guess ;)
^ Swoosh, yeah, that certainly looks like it.
Fabulous rides, Eyerly started out in the aircraft business (Rock-O is one of my personal favoritest rides) - and yeah, Lakeside is SO retro they just fit in there *perfectly*.
Dave Dragon, go Dave Dragon, and the Star Force Five!
GeorgiaCoasterGuy said:Lake Winnie's Fly-O-Plane is still listed on their website. I thought it was only out for refurbishment. Could be wrong though.
THAT would be great news. I only heard from a couple friends that visited more recently that they didn't see the Fly-O-Plane in its usual spot (or anywhere else). Such an extremely rare ride, it would be fantastic if the park could get it up and running again...thanks! :)
You still have Zoidberg.... You ALL have Zoidberg! (V) (;,,;) (V)
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If you go to the website and hover your mouse over the test pilot ride, you'll see a picture of this in operation where it's not even vertical, but in a horizontal mode.
There's really no other ride out there that quite duplicates this ride.
-chris *** Edited 2/20/2007 10:39:50 PM UTC by Isca***
Loop-O's are a little to much for me anymore, and Roll-O's just hurt.
To being an "us" for once - instead of a "them".
Somehow, the Fly-O-Plane can either do barrel rolls (which LOOKED like crazy fun) or get *stuck* on some evil sideways pressure/pain setting. I think that's what Moosh get...I got that ride too. LOL! :-/
The only Rock-O-Plane I *didn't* care for was Lakeside's...just didn't LOCK properly. Sandy Lake's was still the best, that op ROCKED our world.
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