^Not in my book, LOL. Well, the ride MOSTION is....
Unless they're gonna build a Top Spin where the RIDERS get to control the flippage, it's just not the same....now THAT would be a sa-weeeeet idea (imagining an ERT session on a TopSpin with virtually unlimited flipping action)! :)
Rider-controlled is one of the things that makes flyers so awesome...and bumper cars... ;)
Have you ever seen a TopSpin in the maintenance overspeed test mode? That is sick! I'd love to ride it in that mode.
Basically, it goes back a little bit.. probably around 10°-15° (like the beginning of some of the regular cycles) and then locks the gondola. Then proceeds to go forward at more-than full-speed (hence the name 'overspeed test'). I'm not 100% certain if it's timed like a regular cycle, or if it'll go indefinitely until the operator stops the ride, but the one I saw just kept going around and around at a fairly high rate of speed. :)
what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
After the Loop-O-Planes, they just increased the size. That's why for many years, carnivals had rides called Kamikazes. They are just like them, but a lot bigger. Now, they are starting to fade away. They are made by Fabbri.
I did the RollOPlane at a small park in New Jersey called kingsbourgh. My friend and I decided to give it a try. Riding foward for me was fine,I could have walked off and just had a buzz. However once that ride stoped upside and started going backwards for about five mins, I was done. After the ride I coulden't wait for the attendent to open the gate, I jumped over and ran to the bathroom, and was ruined for the rest of the night.
I like the fun roller coasters with small dips and quick turns.
The Rock-o-plane does not come close to a Top Spin for intensity.
Most park topspin rides 4-6 flips are the norm. Carnivals like Strates have been reported to give some decent ride cycles, however I have never experenced that one.
A experenced Rock-o-plane "pilot" can get a tub spinning while the wheel is stationary. Not all shows like this as it can shake the whole ride while other riders are unloaded/loaded. Having a working brake is not a requirement, in fact one of the now defunct local shows had a rock where tub 2 did not have a working brake at all. This tub was able to spin very easily.
The one O-Plane ride that I really miss now is the Rock-O-Plane. Years ago both KW and West View had them.
I did ride a Roll-O-Plane last summer at Conneaut Lake. As for the Loop-O-Plane, I really dont miss it that much because there are better rides of this type now such as KWs Aero 360 (Zamperla Hawk). I never was on a Fly-O-Plane.
Harry Traver -- Interesting name. Wasn't there a real-life roller coaster tycoon by that name? He dreamed up some of the most wicked coasters ever built including the infamous Crystal Beach Cyclone.
Back to the topic. Eyerly Aircraft originally built training machines for pilots that simulated plane movements in flight. Some people found how much fun it was riding these devices so the company started building amusement rides with those types of movements. The Eyerly rides were regarded as being among the most intense thrill rides during their heyday and were a very common part of both amusement parks and carnivals during the 50s, 60s, and 70s.