the first to go upside down *successfully*. as in not hurting people.
stealth did really nothing to the industry since B&M already had their flying coaster in concept many years prior to stealth, and so did arrow with the concept of the fourth dimension.
Id have to say it's this little one built way back in 1896 known as The Swithcback Railway at a place called Coney Island. Ever Heard of it.
OH! that too, totally. i guess i was thinking more of the industry in recent years.
Corkscrew @ KBF-First Corkscrew/Successful inversion.
Revolution @ SFMM- First Vertical Loop
Batman: The Ride @ SFGAm-First inverted, paved the way for looping, under track rollercoasters, could be considered the precursor to flying coasters.
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Well, the way the question is formed I suppose you meant revolutionized the industry AFTER it became one.
So, with that understanding, then the coaster that most revolutionized the industry would be....
Racer at King's Island.
It single handedly re-started the modern day coaster craze. Read any book on the subject, ask most any coaster buff and they will tell you that Racer ushered in the second coming of rollercoasters 30 years ago.
And it is still one heck of a ride today!
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Does CCI know how to make a bad coaster?
1884 - Switchback Railway at Coney Island, the wooden structured tracked ancestor of all coasters that have followed.
ca. 1912 - Unknown - Whatever coaster John Miller first applied his underfriction wheels to. This was the break through that made all coasters with steep drops and violent maneuvers possible.
1959 - The Matterhorn at Disneyland - Introduced tubular steel track
Chuck, who can't wait to get back to ride Cornball and thought Cheetah was great too!
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"stealth did really nothing to the industry since B&M already had their flying coaster in concept many years prior to stealth..."
Actually, if I remember correctly, Stealth (the concept, at least) was in development as early as 1987. I know that B&M was planning their flying coaster before Oblivion (before 1998) but I think Vekoma had their concept first. An exact date would help, here, for B&M.
I can't stand people thinking that Vekoma's Flying Dutchman is a last-minute piece of engineering. There was an overlap in the two company's design times, but I think that the so-called "Race-to-the-finish" that so many think took place never really happened. The two models are both extremely complex machines that attempt to accomplish the same thing in two different ways. Quit playing favorites. No one says that two companies producing wooden coasters or traditional sit-down coasters are copying eachother. With this logic, you could say that B&M copied TOGO and Arrow with the stand-up coaster.
Anyway, I think that Arrow has redefined the industry many times: Matterhorn Bobsleds, Corkscrew (KBF), Magnum. Each ride somehow breathed new life into the industry.
Yet may I, by no means, my wearied mind
Draw from the deer, but as she fleeth afore,
Fainting I follow. I leave off therefore,
Since in a net I seek to hold the wind. --Sir Thomas Wyatt
*** This post was edited by bigkirby on 2/18/2002. ***
1884 - Switch Back Rail Way
ca. 1912 - first coaster to use "up stop" or underfriction or what every type of wheels
1956 - Matterhorn - first tubular steel tracked coaster. Argue all you want about corkscrews and loops... with out tubular steel tracks even these simple elements would be hard (or impossible) to succesfully produce.
Someone mentioned PKI's Racer. I wouldn't say revolutionized the industry... Revived the wood coaster industry, yes... but not revolutionized it.
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