If you were traveling west on Rt. 40, just past Macklind on the south side, the structure of the Comets' turn would explode into view, especially if you were an 8 year old boy. You knew you were passing by the Highlands. If seeing the Comet wasn't glorious enough, the next structure to take away a 8 year olds' breath, showed up next. This was the Flying Turns until the late forties, then it had a name change and was now called the Bobsleds. It looked like a giant wooden tube winding its way though roller coaster structure. A red topped tunnel up the entire lift hill added to its mystery.
This web page will give you a bit of the beginnings of such a unique ride. It will also show you what the other examples looked like and where they were, from the smallest at Dayton, to the largest & tallest, a 127' wooden behemoth on the top of the palisades over looking the Hudson River, just across the river from NYC. So enjoy another trip back in time.
|The first prototype Flying Turns was built at Lakeside Park in Dayton, OH in 1931.|
|Flying Turns at Rocky Point Park in Warwick, Rhode Island.|
|Flying Turns at Riverview Park, Chicago, IL|
|Flying Turns at Euclid Beach Park, Cleveland, Ohio.|
More Flying Turns photos coming: Palisades Park, Coney Island