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Jumbo Jet (Cedar Point)Edit

Cedar Point Coaster
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Jumbo Jet
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Cedar Point
Coaster's Status Closed
Opening date 1972
Closing date 1978
Got Replaced by WildCat
General Statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Anton Schwarzkopf
Designer Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Model Jet Star 3 / Jumbo Jet
Lift/launch system Electric spiral lift
Height 56 ft (17 m)
Length 2,854 ft (870 m)
Speed 50 mph (80 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 2:23
Capacity 1,200 riders per hour
Jumbo Jet at RCDB

Pictures of Jumbo Jet at RCDB

Jumbo Jet was a steel roller coaster that operated from 1972 to 1978 at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. The coaster was a prefabricated roller coaster with an electric spiral lift mechanism.[1] It was one of the first coasters in the world to utilize this particular lift mechanism, and the coaster was also the first of its model type.[2] The Jumbo Jet, like all electric spiral lift roller coasters, reached the top of its lift hill by way of a gently-graded spiraling helix, before beginning its first drop. Unlike many roller coasters, which utilize a chain lift or launch, the Jumbo Jet was propelled with small wheel motors up the incline of the helix.[3] These sort of coasters soon became a very common type of steel roller coaster in the 1970s, and were distinguished from later steel roller coaster designs that were characterized by their thicker, tubular-steel tracks.[4]

HistoryEdit

[2][3] Jumbo Jet in July, 1973Jumbo Jet was manufactured by noted roller coaster designer Anton Schwarzkopf, and was the first of the Jet Star 3 / Jumbo Jet model line. The coaster stood in the same beach-front location where the wooden roller coaster Cyclone stood before,[5] and where the indoor roller coaster Disaster Transport stands today.[6] Jumbo Jet was known for its views of Lake Erie and steeply banked turns (some at up to 70 degrees).[7] While at Cedar Point, Jumbo Jet carried between 1.6 and 1.8 million passengers every year.[8] Jumbo Jet was finally replaced in 1979 by the new WildCat coaster.[5] Although Jumbo Jet was only at Cedar Point for a total of 6 years, the coaster subsequently moved to a large number of different amusement parks, including Palace Playland in Old Orchard Beach, Maine; Malmö Folkets Park in Malmö, Skåne, Sweden; Beoland in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia; and finally Dreamland in Minsk, Belarus.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b RCDB.com entry on Jumbo Jet
  2. ^ List of electric spiral lift roller coasters on RCDB.com
  3. ^ Rutherford, Scott (2004). The American Roller Coaster. MBI Publishing. pp. 156. ISBN 076031929.
  4. ^ Cartmell, Robert (1987). The Incredible Scream Machine: A History of the Roller Coaster. Popular Press. pp. 156. ISBN 0-87972-342-4.
  5. ^ a b List of Cedar Point roller coasters
  6. ^ Map of Cedar Point, The Toledo Blade, May 26, 1972
  7. ^ Coast Into Thrills at Cedar Point Park, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 28, 1978
  8. ^ Meet the man who will make "waves" at Great America, Chicago Tribune, January 29, 1978

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