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.
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