Last week I read something in a book about the history of Kennywood that surprised me a bit. When discussing the installation of Pitt Fall, it mentioned that this ride was the 7th (second gen Intamin) Drop Ride and that the first was Hellevator at Kentucky Kingdom. Hmmm. Many of you probably knew that but I found this tidbit interesting.
But it got me thinking about "firsts" - the first installation of a new ride or new type of coaster. I knew that the first modern/steel vertical loop was Revolution at KBF. I think the first invert was B:TR at SFGAm. First 200' drop? Magnum, right? Let's see...Stealth at PGA, first flyer.
Just to satisfy my curiosity, can anybody help rounding out my knowledge base? What was the first appearance/installation of the following...
3. Vekoma Boomerang
4. Floorless (S:KC??)
5. Top Spin
7. Stand up
10. Steel inversion
11. Anything else a good enthusiast should know...
Corkscrew at KBF was the first. And back then a corkscrew actually meant two inversions and thats would it did.
And I read on Coasterforce that there was an old ride that got torn down called Moonsault Scramble that was built in 1983 and was 207 feet tall located in Japan. That means the Magnum was not the first to break 200 feet.
Arghhh, typo about Revolution and KBF. And I'm a "Rollercoaster" fan to boot! I thought Corkscrew was the first, well, corkscrew as well. I think the Chicago Loop at Old Chicago opened one month later...but I've probably got it all wrong.
Really interested in the first installation of a modern Flume ride. The aforementioned Kennywood book mentioned Log Jammer was the first million dollar ride at KW and when discussing that ride, it seemed like it was very new technology in 1976.
I've got several roller coaster books on the shelf already but the only info that seems to stick in my brain is park history and wood coater stuff!
The first suspended was "Alpenflug" which opened exactly 30 years ago (to the day!) at Munichs Oktoberfest. Sadly it closed ten days later and met the wrecking ball. It had the same problems that "The Bat" would face some years later.
"Moonsault Scramble" in Japan was a Shuttle, so its a question of fefinition.
I think the first modern logflume was built at SFOT.
The fist Top Spin was a mobile version. If I am not mistaken it opened in 1984 on a german fair.
1. Flume-"El Aserradero" @ SFOT (1963) 2. Rapids-"Thunder River" @ SFAW (1980) 3. Vekoma Boomerang- "Escorpion" (now called "Boomeragn but still at the same park, same location) @ SFM (1982) 4. Floorless-"Medusa" @ SFGAdv (1999) 5. Top Spin- First in N. America-"Texas Twister" @ GL (1993) (couldn't find world's first) 6. Suspended-"Bisby's Spiral Airship @ Queens Park (1902); First MODERN Suspended Coaster- "Bat" @ PKI (1981) 7. Stand up-"Standing & Loop Coaster" @ Yomiuriland (1982) 8. SLC-"El Condor" @ SF Holland (1994) 9. Skycoaster-(sorry, couldn't find this one) 10. Steel inversion-"Revolution" @ SFMM (1976)
Any more? Interesting how many of those records belong to SF/Former SF parks...