SeaWhippet Posted March 24, 2009 Share Posted March 24, 2009 I have to disagree on the invert matter. Arrow came up with the suspended in 1981. B&M only locked the cars so they wouldn't topple over when an inversion would be taken too slowly. No, Arrow did NOT develop the first modern suspended coaster. That honor goes to Germany's Werner Stengel and Messerschmitt. The ride was Alpen-Flug, the first suspended coaster, which operated at Munich's Oktoberfest 1975: http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=655778#655778 Sadly, Messerschmitt elected to ignore Stengel's advice to bank the track on the turns. This resulted in that ride and a duplicate under construction to be scrapped. Arrow made the exact same mistake with The Bat. The ride that got it right was BGE's BBW. In an ironic twist of fate, THAT project initially was under the direction of Stengel/Schwarzkopf. Arrow showed up and completed the Wolf when Anton's company encountered ... financial difficulties. Cheers! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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