New Ride Thriller Loops The Loop (Sep, 1936)

New Ride Thriller Loops The Loop

THRILL seekers at county and state fairs, carnivals, and other amusement resorts will this year be offered all the thrills of a test pilot and all the safety of a train ride in the new Loop-o-plane. The new ride whirls its passengers in a giant loop, keeping them all the while securely strapped to their seats. It is six times stronger than necessary.

  1. Stephen says: December 9, 20116:57 am

    Called “The Divebombers” at the town fairs of my 1970s childhood in Scotland, but that had two capsules a hundred and eighty degrees apart, so that they counterbalanced. I never had the courage to try it.

  2. Rick s. says: December 9, 20119:01 am

    “It is six times stronger than necessary.” And the Titanic was unsinkable. I just love those claims!


  3. whoozle whaazle says: December 9, 201112:26 pm

    There’s a similar contraption at the Calgary Stampede. It’s funny watching people’s stuff come out of their pockets because they didn’t listen to the ride operator’s warning …

  4. Jari says: December 9, 20112:32 pm

    There was (Still is?) similar ride in Linnanmäki, Helsinki. It had 2 capsules like the one Stephen mentioned, but they also rocked from side to side. That was the only ride which made me really nauseous back in the 70’s…

  5. Hirudinea says: December 9, 20116:44 pm

    Theres nothing more fun than a ride in a trebuchet!

  6. Rick s. says: December 10, 20117:48 am

    @Hirudinea: LOL. Best comment yet!


  7. Darren says: December 11, 20116:01 pm

    It looks like it’s before the time they fenced off these rides too.

  8. Mike Brown says: December 12, 20118:11 am

    > It’s funny watching people’s stuff come out of their pockets

    When I was in college and had a summer job at an amusement park, I used to bolster my wages substantially by gleaning coins from around the ride after my shift. You could hear them rattling down the rails of the “Toboggan” roller coaster I ran. Compared with the $1.50 an hour minimum wage of the day, that was the sound of a pretty good income supplement.

  9. DrewE says: December 12, 20118:37 am

    There still are a few Loop-o-planes still in operation, scattered about. Most if not all are double-pod versions (with the two pods moving around in opposite directions). Here’s a page with a couple modern pictures:…

    Everly aricraft (who manufactured this ride) also (later) made the Rock-O-Plane, Roll-O-Plane, and Fly-O-Plane rides, which were among the first rides to send riders upside-down or something approaching upside-down. I think Jari’s ride was the Roll-O-Plane, which looks similar but has rather different motions.

  10. Jari says: December 12, 201110:10 am

    DrewE: That’s the one! It was a Roll-O-Plane. Seems to be decommissioned in -77.

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