This is a story of perseverance. A wooden bobsled coaster, the Flying Turns was built at Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg in 2007. Since then, the million dollar question around Knoebels was, “When is the Flying Turns going to open?” The answer from Dick Knoebel, park president and co-manager, was always the same, “When it is done.” Now the long wait for thrill-seekers in central Pennsylvania is finally over. Knoebels’ Flying Turns had a soft opening in October after seven long years of construction and testing, and will open full time next year.
The ride is thrilling, fast, very smooth, and beautiful, like a piece of fine wood furniture. Guests are seated in a train consisting of three two-person cars that travel through a 1,300ft-long (396m) polished wooden trough. There are three lift hills to keep the vehicles safely spaced. The chains are lubricated with water to protect the wood from oil spills.
Once the riders are seated and belted in, the train is pulled up a 48ft-high (14.6m) hill. Passengers then shoot through a double helix to build up speed. After a few more twists and another lift, the real thrill comes when it leaves its tracks to manoeuvre through two 270º turns at speeds reaching 24mph (39km/h), travelling through of a narrow trough guided by centrifugal force, much like a bobsled. From start to finish, the ride takes just over two minutes.
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