Flyer Addicts woke up this morning to find we’re prominently quoted in the Press Release for Six Flags Great Escape’s new Flying Scooter. The Screamin’ Eagles will swoop into the park in 2013. While no manufacturer was not disclosed, we’re assuming this will be an 8-car version from modern Scooter manufacturer Larson International. The concept art shows bright red tubs with yellow flames and an aggressive looking eagle.
From the Six Flags Press Release:
If you’re new to flyers and you’re looking for a mild ride, take some advice from the experts at Flyers Addicts Anonymous: Hold the front wing nice and steady throughout the duration of the ride. This creates a nice, smooth flight perfect for sighting seeing over the historic River D.
If you’re a little more adventurous and looking for a more heart-racing, blood-pumping flight, the experts at Flyers Addicts Anonymous recommend you familiarize yourself with and play around with maneuvering your front wing. You will pleasantly discover that strategically positioning your front wing in relation to things such as ride speed, wind direction, and the position in the ride’s natural dive cycle will lead to a much faster, intense, and completely unexpected wild flight with dips and dives!
The Screamin’ Eagles is a new generation of a classic ride rich in history. It harks back to the 1940s and 1950s when it was a huge fan favorite at theme parks across the country, allowing little boys and grown men alike to hop in and suddenly, if only briefly, become fighter pilots over the great Pacific. Even more interesting is that even though the flying scooter was sold and marketed by Bisch-Rocco Amusement Company it wasn’t originally meant to be a theme park ride. According to Flyer Addicts Anonymous, a group of avid flyer enthusiasts that travel the country for what they refer to as their “flyer fix”, the original open-air centrifugal force ride was actually originally developed and built by Alvin Bisch (1888-1965) in the early 1930s as an airplane pilot training device.
You can read the full Press Release at http://www.sixflags.com/greatEscape/info/news_ScreaminEaglesAnnouncement.aspx, plus view the announcement on Great Escape’s webpage. This is Six Flag’s first modern Flying Scooter installation.
We’re happy to see the resurgence of the Flying Scooter continue into 2013 – after a strong 2012 that had seen a new a Scooter at Darien Lake and rescued Bisch-Rocco model at Eldridge Park. This year we’ve also seen a resurgence in inquiries from other parks, historians and other interested parties.
And, welcome to our new visitors who have found us from the new news. You’ve already found our Research Blog (our most recent research finds and news). On our main site you’ll find pictures, history and trip reports from our avid Flyer Addicts.You can also talk with other addicts about the new addition on our Facebook page!