Thursday, 18 March 2010

The Enterprise and Pirate Ships

As part of 2010’s National Science and Engineering Week the University Library in collaboration with the National Fairground Archive are celebrating the engineering feats of roller coasters and theme park rides. The following abstract is part of a mini-series on the history of going upside-down, compiled by Ian Trowell of the National Fairground Archive.


Enterprise (1979)

A classic ride developed in a superb aesthetic style, and indicative of the high-level of competition between German manufacturers at the end of the 1970s. The Enterprise, themed on the TV series 'Star Trek', was a good example of a looping ride that used the forces generated by centripetal acceleration to allow the passengers to loop without the need for heavy lap-bar or shoulder-harness restraints. The speed and diameter was just enough to allow this to happen, giving the rider an exciting and almost surreal experience.

Pirate Ship

Pirate Ship (1980)

The Pirate Ship was again a result of the competition between German engineers to create a large-scale dynamically-appearing attraction that went through a 360 degree loop - essentially rebuilding of the 1930s Looper ride. The antique theming provided a clash of time-zones, but the ride was a huge success.

Check back tomorrow for more and remember that the NFA is open Monday to Friday from 9:30 until 16:30 for anyone interested in seeing more of our NSEW activities.

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