While wading neck high in amusement related patents, I came across one that I found very interesting. Click Here.
We all know about the four across Vekoma flyers. However, in the patent I found it is a very different version. This is a two across version that uses different restraints and is loaded with the track above like the B&M flyers. The difference between this and B&M's flyer is that this is loaded in stand-up inverted position. Was this just one idea for their flyers (there are many Vekoma patents that are just different restraint possibilities for a flying coaster). Any thoughts...
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*** This post was edited by Canadas Coaster Drew on 8/18/2002. ***
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Believe it or not but when I first heard about the rumor about Vekoma working on a new coaster concept back in 1996 or so, the way it was described to me was exactly the way pictured. Perhaps they ended up finding this was a better way to load than what the actually used?
Call me SpongeBobAlex.
It isn't difficult to understand, guys:
It's a flying coaster, but you're laying down flat instead of being in a seat. It would give the flying feeling much better.
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The restraint issues without sitting would be hideous. What would the fail safe be and what would really keep you from slipping out?
The way a Vekoma is even if the vest failed the lap bar would still hold you in. This wouldn't work if you were not in a sitting position.
B and M got around this by making the vest and the lap bar all part of the same mechanism.
All I need is 4.5 million bucks and a half a mile long sliver of land and maybe someone could build me my very own Shivering Timbers. ;)
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