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So apparently we have heard from some of the people who were at PPP last night that Knoebel's announced that they were interested in installing a "Flying Turns" roller coaster.
Anyone hear any more about this? It's kind of an interesting concept as Flying Turns are much like the Intamin and Mack bobsled rides, but from what I heard that want to build this one out of wood like the "Classics."
Here's a couple of photos of some old-school "Flying Turns" rides:
If they get one I'd move in next door and go there every day. Seriously.
A true flying turns coaster is not just a bobsled made out of wood. They had extreme turns, drops, laterals, airtime, etc. They were built by a former airforce fighter pilot to replicate the feeling of ariel combat, with some help from John Miller in the begining. These things were top thrill rides on par with anything, unlike bobsleds which are family coasters (although quite enjoyable family coasters, from what I hear).
They're my favorite lost coaster style. It would be awesome if Knobel's would get one. It would be more awesome if Busch Gardens got one, though.
Last edited by chauncey on Sun Oct 09, 2005 10:23 am.
Nobody "manufactures" wooden rollercoasters, unless they're prefabricated. The parks either higher out a construction company, or, in the case of Knoebel's, build them in-house.
The designs of Knoebel's coasters are modified from existing plans by the park and John Fetterman.
This coaster will probably be built the same way. They'll buy the plans (or have bought the plans) to a defunct Flying Turns rollercoaster, redesign them with the help of John Fetterman, and "manufacture" them in-house. That's what I meant.
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