Hrubetz Spitfire

Does anyone know where a spitfire would be located? IDK if there anymore left. there was a paratrooper that used to be a spitfire untill it was converted at thrillville usa in oregon but it closed down.

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The small park I work at (Camden Park in Huntington WV) has a paratrooper that is currently running. But not a Spitfire.
There are a lot of older rides in this park, including two ACE Coaster Classics, an original Whip, and a caterpillar that has been converted into the Hot Cat by removing the topper and placing it in a building with loud music and lights.


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added some Spitfire video in the Savin Rock clip. It is at the end. Also some bonus Boomerang footage. Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-q2OTGVt21Y

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eyerly&chancefan said: Does anyone know where a spitfire would be located?

There are none left.

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I know its not the Spitfire (which looks awesome), but Lake Winnie has the Fly-O-Plane. Looks like an eyerly ride, as the center of the ride is very simmilar to their octopus rides.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3D6TWj3tFE

A video of the ride in action.


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I've got some really good video from opening day in '01. I'll have to dig it up and post it. It shows a good wide angle and the planes flipping.

The cars on the FOP look almost identical to the Spitfires. All those fantastic Eyerly rides should be in a museum. They were, IMO, ahead of their time when it came to thrill and nausea. :)

swampfoxer- as always, thanks for the clip. You mentioned in the comments the portable Boomerang, which I also rode when it played the Ohio State Fair, probably in the late eighties. I don't know who booked it on. One of the main differences in the Wisdom version was that the riders sat back to back rather than facing each other in a round tub. (I always took the side that faced out for the spin, thinking it made the release into the tunnel more exciting.) There were OTSR's, too. I couldn't believe it showed up that year, though, and I feel lucky to have ridden it. Now, I wonder how many original models of the ride operated? I know of Riverview's in addition to this one.

I never saw a Spitfire, though, and it sure looks interesting. I guess I would call it a cross between a FlyOPlane (which was an Eyerly ride) and a Paratrooper. It looks very impractical from the load/unload standpoint, though, and if it raised/elevated there would be the concern of the wings dragging the ground or platform as it lowered to stop. The FlyOPlane has a wired mechanism that automatically rights the planes when the arms get so low, but that ride also seems a lot less spinny than this Spitfire. Cool.

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I was poking around more looking for the Spitfire, and found this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b38RuEHBx3M&feature=related

some really great footage.


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RCMAC said:
you mentioned in the comments the portable Boomerang, which I also rode when it played the Ohio State Fair, probably in the late eighties. I don't know who booked it on. One of the main differences in the Wisdom version was that the riders sat back to back rather than facing each other in a round tub. (I always took the side that faced out for the spin, thinking it made the release into the tunnel more exciting.) There were OTSR's, too. I couldn't believe it showed up that year, though, and I feel lucky to have ridden it. Now, I wonder how many original models of the ride operated? I know of Riverview's in addition to this one.

The portable one I rode did not have OTSR's and you did sit facing each other just like the old ones. I suppose they had more than one type of tub. I rode this one in 1994 though.

Bertrand Island also had a Boomerang but I can't think of any others at the moment.

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