Based on a classic amusement ride from the early half of the 1900’s, Flying Aces is an updated version of the popular Flying Skooters™ ride found in many amusement parks more than 50 years ago.
Idlewild’s version, manufactured by Premier Rides, Inc., consists of ten cable-suspended planes, each holding two people. As the ride begins to rotate and pick up speed, centrifugal force will swing the aircraft outward to a diameter of 100 feet. While racing along at speeds of more than 35 miles per hour, the “pilots” will able to manipulate a vertical wing located in the front of each plane. As the wing is moved the planes swing inward or outward giving our gutsy “aces” a high-flying rush of excitement. Now that’s FUN!!!
Flying Aces will be located near the Rollo Coaster, in the area that has been occupied by the Trinado for the past 9 years. The Trinado has been removed for this season. Because the new ride needs a little more space (for swing out) than it’s predecessor, you will also notice a slight redesign of the Park’s midway in that area.
The attraction will be themed to resemble a flight school for America’s earliest “flying aces”.
All of us here at Idlewild are glad to be able to bring the fun and excitement of this timeless classic to brand new generations. We hope you’ll all agree that Flying Aces makes a perfect addition to Idlewild’s list of family-fun rides. Be sure to check back for updates on some of the other changes in store for 2007!