Loop O Plane

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Rainbow Park
Loop O Plane
Miami
Nightmare
Paratrooper
Roulette
The Sea Dragon

My visit to Hunstanton did allow me to add two new rides to my thrill ride portfolio which I'd never ridden before, which for a small park like this is an impressive achievement. Not only did I get to try a Ski Jump, (that has since been removed) I also got to complete the O Plane trilogy.

What's the O Plane trilogy? Well it's three rides with a similar set up, all with names that end in O Plane. They are notable from a historic point of view due to their age, and the fact they are the metaphorical grandparents of the more modern, highly popular booster variants that have been highly popular at parks and funfairs.

 

The Rock O Plane is by far the most common, and is still a regular at a lot of funfairs. It's a big Ferris wheel, where you sit in an egg shaped cage that are free to rock and flip over. The Roll O Plane, which I rode at Carters Steam Fair, is similar to the Loop O Plane, in it's one or two arms with small pods on the end, that move around in a large loop movement. One a Roll O Plane the pods are free to rotate left and right, doing barrel rolls at the top and bottom of the loop. On the Loop O Plane the pods are fixed, holding you upside down as the arm loops.

One thing this ride has going for it is it's intensity. It pulls off a good amount of force on the loops, enough to make this a noteworthy ride for thrill seekers. Unfortunately I don't feel it lives up to it's full potential due to the old style restraints. It uses a snugly fitting bar over your lap, and a cage that closes around you to keep you in. There are some thrilling moments as you loop upside down, held in place by just a small bar. Unfortunately the outer cage severely restricts your view, and takes away from the feeling of exposure needed to get the best out of a ride like this.

I don't want to take too much away from the ride though, for an old ride it still packs quite a punch. It's also great to see a historic ride continue to thrill people today, and hopefully it will continue to do so for a long time to come.