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The rebirth of a classic, rare and exhilarating ride has become the newest attraction at Knoebels Amusement Resort. Debuting this season, The Flying Turns is a ride largely of wooden construction first built in 1929 by legendary coaster builder John Miller and visionary Norman Bartlett. Seven of the world’s first modern flying turns coasters were built by the developers or The Philadelphia Toboggan Company between 1929 and 1939 at various Amusements Parks on the east coast. Because of the enthusiasm surrounding aviation in the twenties and thirties, coaster builders strived to create a ride mimicking the thrill of flying.
The Flying Turns at Knoebels Amusement Resort is the only one of its kind in Pennsylvania and the first ride of its kind built in nearly four decades. The layout is similar to that of the original flying turns coaster which was unveiled at the 1933 Chicago World Fair.
The unique appeal of this style ride is the free motion of the trains and the use of gravity along with curved troughs and rapid fire directional changes. As most coasters ride on tracks or rails, trains on the Flying Turns are allowed to freewheel and bank inside a curved wooden trough. The fun comes from the action of the train winding its way up and around tight curves. The effect is similar to that of bobsledding. Trains are pulled up a fifty foot incline by a chain lift and then released into a swirling helix before a second lift takes riders back up to the top only to be released downward into nine sharp banking turns. The 1500 foot cylindrical course of swift turns and figure eights reaches speeds of 35 feet per second and heights up to fifty feet. Because of the speed and centrifugal force, riders will experience intense G-forces and feelings of weightlessness.
Amusement Resort is a family owned and operated amusement park located just
outside of Elysburg with free parking, free admission, free entertainment and
free picnic facilities. Since it’s
opening in 1926 it has long been a local family favorite with over 55 rides,
including 2 world-class, Golden Ticket winning wooden roller coasters. The park also offers numerous attractions, award-winning
food and live entertainment all while nestled quietly within the rolling hills
of northeastern Pennsylvania.