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analogkid280 October 1st, 2006 10:37 AM

Sky Hook
 
Has anyone here actually been on the sky hook? How was it?

Alan Cochrum October 1st, 2006 02:59 PM

Technically yes, but ...
 
I remember being on it when I was very small -- as in, too small to really remember more than having been on it.

Carl_LaFong October 2nd, 2006 01:11 PM

I rode it as a kid at SFOT and as a teen on one of the park sponsored trips to either Georgia or Mid-America, I don't remember which. Compared to today's thrill rides it was very tame. It was essentially a ride on a very slow, very exposed elevator. To survive today they'd have to spin the tower fast enough to make the cages go horizontal, or make the cages bang together like a pair of clackers.

Still, for the times it was a very cool ride.

Carl_LaFong October 2nd, 2006 01:25 PM

Does anyone know a source for detailed photos/plans of the skyhook? I'd like to make a 3D computer model of it.

Parktimes October 2nd, 2006 05:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Carl_LaFong
Does anyone know a source for detailed photos/plans of the skyhook? I'd like to make a 3D computer model of it.

I've got some pictures I'll email you.
Most of them are about the same distance away and show the same detail.
I haven't seen any plans.

Send me a private message with an email and I'll send you some.

If you are interested in the general ride, and not just the Six Flags version, I also have a shot or two of one that has four baskets.

Davis

Alan Cochrum October 2nd, 2006 08:13 PM

Lights ... camera ...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Carl_LaFong
To survive today they'd have to spin the tower fast enough to make the cages go horizontal, or make the cages bang together like a pair of clackers.

Hey, didn't I see something like that in the opening scenes of Spy Kids II: The Island of Lost Dreams? :cool:

But seriously, folks, how many of you knew that, yes, the opening part of that movie was indeed shot at SFOT? You see the the Front Gate, the Titan, the Tower and the Gotham City area. :yes:

CGWallace October 2nd, 2006 11:59 PM

Someone wrote a history of this ride once with photos. Does anyone know the link? Maybe it was Scott Jordan?

Parktimes October 3rd, 2006 08:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CGWallace
Someone wrote a history of this ride once with photos. Does anyone know the link? Maybe it was Scott Jordan?

Scott wrote an article for Amusementpark.com.
His amusementpark.com articles are no longer on-line.
I think I have a print out of it, but I don't think I have it in an electronic format to post.

I posted some additional pictures at:
http://parktimes.com/sections/boomtown/hook.htm

Here are some:

http://parktimes.com/sections/boomto.../booomtown.jpg

http://parktimes.com/sections/boomtown/hook/bthook.jpg

http://parktimes.com/sections/boomto...k/skyhook2.jpg

Parktimes October 3rd, 2006 08:39 AM

Here are some more:

http://parktimes.com/sections/boomto...k/skyhook4.jpg

http://parktimes.com/sections/boomto...yhookclose.jpg

http://parktimes.com/sections/boomto...ingeorgia2.jpg

http://parktimes.com/sections/boomto...hookbucket.jpg

The third one if from Georgia, but it is the same ride.

Parktimes October 3rd, 2006 08:46 AM

Here is the four bucket version:

http://parktimes.com/sections/boomto...k/fairhook.jpg


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