Flying Turns roller coaster at Riverview Park, Chicago, 1968
Flying Turns is the name of a specific model of bobsled roller coaster. John Norman Bartlett, a British aviator in World War I, came to North America after the war with an idea for a trackless wooden chute, full of twists like a bobsled course, with toboggan-like cars, based on a bobsled ride that operated in Europe. He filed a patent for the idea in 1926. Bartlett met John Miller in 1928, and they commenced building the new ride. When the ride went into production, much of the idea was the same, but the cars looks more like monoplanes, which Bartlett designed. Miller worked on the loading station, supporting structure, braking system and incline.
Was built from scratch by Knoebels' staff. Designed by John Fetterman from an original Miller and Bartlett design. Began construction in 2006 and was completed in 2008 but unable to properly operate until August 2013. Was finally open for a soft opening October 4, 2013 and officially the next day on the 5th. See also Flying Turns (Knoebels)