Screamin' Swing

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Screamin' Swing
Xtreme Swing.jpg
Xtreme Swing, a Screamin' Swing operating at Valleyfair
Status In Production
First manufactured 2004
Manufacturer S&S Worldwide
Vehicles 2
Restraint Style Lap-bar
Tallest model Skyhawk

Screamin' Swing is a pneumatically powered pendulum ride designed by S&S Worldwide. The ride was first installed and operated in 2004 at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, USA.

Design and operation[edit]

The original Screamin' Swing consists of a 62-foot-tall (19 m) A-frame, supporting two arms. Each arm supports two rows of seating, back to back. The first Screamin' Swings developed had four seats per arm with two arms. The lowest variant is the four-seat/one-arm design, and the capacities increase to 8 seat, 16 seat, 32 seat, and 40 seat designs, all utilizing two arms. For two-arm models, the swings can operate individually or simultaneously (although in opposite directions) and are propelled by compressed air, provided by Ingersoll Rand or Sullair compressors. These compressors disperse air into tanks located within the arms, the movement triggering actuators and cables to produce the motion. Some parks operate Screamin' Swing as an upcharge attraction, like the one at Knott's Berry Farm, which require a separate fare to experience Screamin' Swing.

The tallest Screamin' Swing in the world is Skyhawk at Cedar Point. It stands 103 feet (31 m) tall, swings to a height of 125 feet (38 m), has a maximum arc of 120°, and can achieve a maximum speed of 60 miles per hour (97 km/h).

The first larger Screamin' Swing developed was Rush, located at Thorpe Park (UK). The ride stands at 62 feet (19 m) tall with a dynamic height of 70 feet (21 m). It opened in May 2005 as 'The Worlds Biggest Full Throttle Speed Swing'.

A recently installed Screamin' Swing located at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, swings riders out over a steep canyon, 1,300 feet (400 m) above the Colorado River. The swing structure is 50 feet (15 m) tall and has a maximum arc of 122°. It opened in May 2010, and is billed 'The Giant Canyon Swing'.

Current installations[edit]

Thunder N' Lightning, a Screamin' Swing operating at Lake Compounce

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