I wasn't even born when Jumbo Jet was around but for those of you who rode it, was it good? I have never been on the type of coaster, i forget what it is called, but it looked pretty cool and interesting in the picture.
I loved the Jumbo Jet. Whizzer, at SFGAm is a similar coaster.
The cars were interesting as they had a long seat where passengers sat one in front of the other. It was a great ride for those of us riding with boyfriends/girlfriends.
It was a quick little ride with lots of turns and small hils, probably not very exciting by today's standards, but I remember riding it over and over. Of course, back then the Blue Streak was the biggest coaster in the park.
I have a friend who knew the ride fairly well. He says it was fun, but maintenance was a pain. And apparently it migrated a little every year, an inch or two, from the force of the trains rounding out at the low end.
I rode both the Jumbo Jet at Wildwood and the one at BGE. I loved those things and so I felt a sense of great nostalgia recently riding The Whizzer at SFGAm. The only problem with the Jumbo Jet at Wildwood I can remember is that occasionally it would get stuck, so a ride op would have to come up and hop in the backseat after pushing it forward.
One thing that suprised me about The Whizzer is that from observation the lift looks slow, but once onboard it's quite fast.
The Jumbo Jet was one of the most comfortable trains I've ever been on. Since they were shaped like Swiss Bob ride trains, you could really strecth out and relax.
Many of them had a "rotating radar thingy" on the top, though I don't know why.
Also the exit area of the ride was before the station platform where you boarded. I rode the one in Coney Island and the one in Wildwood. At the time, I think the fare was $3.00 to ride and a buck to re-ride. Morey's was part of P.O.P., and it was replaced where the Great Nor-easter is now.
This is an example of a Great family coaster. Ah, memories....
Too bad Anton had to be too creative for his own good and design a complex way of getting the cars to the top of the structure instead of a traditional lift. Those Germans have a way of making things more difficult than they have to be...
Isn't there a park that took their Jet Star II and replaced the spiral lift with a chain lift?
Actually his later creations replaced the electric drive with a lift that used a fin on the bottom of the cars and rubber tires set up in a pinch roller configuration spaced out long the lift hill. He used one electric motor and connected the lift gearboxes with drive shafts with universal joints. I believe some of the other German manufactuerers now use this system, especially on their portatble coasters.
The Jet Star II in Morecambe, UK was my first steel coaster - I fell in love with the steep banked curves considering that all the coasters I had ridden at that point had slowish flat turns (ie, the Blackpool woodies)