The Next Generation Of Vekoma Flying Coasters

Saturday, October 27, 2001 8:45 PM
While doing some browsing through the US Patent website, I came upon some interesting Vekoma files.  At first I thought I had found the patent for Vekoma's Flying coasters, but the patent detailes a flying coaster type similiar to what we are imaging for B&M's...  You start standing under the track and are lifted up into flying position...  Here, check out the images yourself.

The only reason you see the names of other manufacturers in the URL is because I was deep in search through their products when I stumbed into this one.  Just thought you'd all like to see it...


Saturday, October 27, 2001 8:50 PM
You sure it isn't B&M's? Looking through the full text portion of it, I found "Bolliger et al." which means B&M are involved somewhere. Also, the date next to it is from 1993, and rumors have it that AT and B&M have been working on this idea for approximatly 7 years.
Sammy resides in a popcorn box 8 inches under as of 10/24 4:30PM. Sammy was my cockatiel.

*** This post was edited by TrBiggar on 10/28/2001. ***

Saturday, October 27, 2001 9:05 PM

"Inventors: Houben; Jacob H. M. (Maaseik, BE); Clerx; Petrus J. H. (Roermond, NL) Assignee: Verkoma Technology, B.V. (Vlodrop, NL) Appl. No.: 003254 Filed: January 6, 1998 Foreign Application Priority Data"

Wow, I actually quoted that intending to point out that it said Vekoma, but now that I read it more carefully, it actually says Verkoma...  Is this the same company?  Maybe a different way of spelling it...  Maybe you're right, and I have at last uncovered the treasured B&M Flying coaster train!

But alas, I think not.  The "Bolliger et al" is in the reference section.  It is a link to B&M inverted design.  After going through many of the patent pages, I know that the refrences made are almost always of different inventors of similiar products.  For example, for B&M's hyper coaster seats, there is actually a refrence to a childrens high chair patent.  

I'd Rather Be Riding Roller Coasters

Sunday, October 28, 2001 12:29 AM
Can anyone help with viewing these patent images.......
Sunday, October 28, 2001 4:22 AM
coin cwilliam,

Try downloading Quicktime:( and when you install it, make sure you also select the "picture viewer". I know its retarded, and slow, when viewing the pics, but you'll have to deal with it.


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