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Next weekend at Winterfest for me.

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Knoebel’s! Was used as a proof of concept for constructing the Flying Turns track.

Is that from spin out or crazy barrel

I suspect a ride known for “flying” around its “turns”.

Top Thrill Dragster?

Knoebels - Flying Turns going into the final break run where they recently made modifications.

Must have been an B&M Flying coaster 😜

Flying Turns from knoebels, one of a kind now and one of my favorites

I'd also guess Knoebels!

The real question is which part of the ride did it come from? Obviously it's Flying Turns and it came from the 2nd drop as it goes into the immelman

Options are pretty limited.... 🤣

Ultra Twister's wooden predecessor 😜

Togo Stand up coaster remnants

The one-of-a-kind Flying Turns!

flying turns!!


Knoebels Amusement Resort


Looks like Knoebels Flying Turns to me.

I additionally guess Flying Turns at Knobles

Spinning ride where they spin and floor drops out below you known as spin out at magic mountain or crazy barrel


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October 24, 1924

When the State Fair of Texas, in Dallas, Texas, closed on Oct. 24, the new Lightning roller coaster at the Dallas Fairgrounds was credited for bringing in the crowds, as nearly a million visitors enjoyed the fair. Many had come out to ride the new 3,000-foot-long, out-and-back wooden coaster, which had first operated on Aug. 7. Officials credited the new ride for increasing attendance from the 1923 fair, in conjunction with a new midway and other mechanical rides. Paired up with the nearby John Miller Skyrocket, the state-of-the-art Miller coaster, built by F.W. Pearce, it thrilled fairgoers for nearly a decade. It wasthe first time the Fairgrounds operated four wooden coasters.


October 2, 1946

The October 2 fire at Coney Island, Brooklyn, N.Y., was the final nail in the coffin for Thompson and Dundy’s Luna Park, which had closed permanently after a devastating fire two years earlier. Sparks from a worker’s blow torch ignited refuse under the remaining section of the Mile Sky Chaser coaster. The four-alarm fire lasted into the night while subway and trolley service near the former park was halted. With the flames moving to other structures in rapid succession, the fire consumed everything that was left except the ballroom, pool and administration building. The park was in the process of being torn down to make room for a housing project, which did not materialize at that time. It was used primarily as a parking lot until the city began construction of the Luna Park Houses (a set of high-rise, low income housing projects which still stand today) in the late 1950s.

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