Looping Starship

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Looping Starship
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Phoenix at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, a custom Looping Starship ride
Status In Production
First manufactured 1982
No. of installations 14
Manufacturer Intamin
Height 14.6 m (48 ft)
Capacity 650 riders per hour
Duration approximately 3 minutes and 33 seconds ride time (timed by IB Physics 3 students)

The Looping Starship is an amusement ride manufactured by Intamin of Switzerland. The ride is a swinging ship that can spin a complete 360-degree revolution. The ride has been modified with custom theming to resemble a number of different vehicles, including a Space Shuttle, a fighter jet, an Egyptian cargo ship, and a Looney Tunes ACME Rocket.

The Looping Starship is manufactured either as a traveling model or a park model. Most parks require riders to be at least 48 inches (1.2 m) tall.

Locations[edit]

Existing Looping Starships[edit]

Name Park Year Opened Notes
Berserker Kings Dominion 1984 Themed after a Viking ship.
H.M.B. Endeavor California's Great America 1987 Themed after a pirate ship. Formerly called The Revolution.
Looping Starship Valleyfair 1985 Themed after a pirate ship.
Looping Starship Yomiuriland Unknown Themed after a space shuttle.
Phoenix Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 1984 Themed after an Egyptian cargo vessel.
Pirate's Revenge Sunway Lagoon 2005 This ride was the former Bounty's Revenge at Wonderland Sydney, which operated from 1985 to 2004.
Southern Star Carowinds 1986 Formerly called Frenzoid.
Space Shuttle Nagashima Spa Land Unknown Themed after a space shuttle.
Unknown Parque Grano de Oro 2012 Themed as a Space Shuttle. Formerly Jet Scream at Canada's Wonderland which operated from 1990 to 2010. Currently Standing But Not Operating (SBNO).

Removed[edit]

Name Park Year Opened Year Closed Notes
Power Dive Six Flags Great America 1987 2002 Removed due to maintenance issues.
Looping Starship Six Flags Over Georgia 1985 2005 Removed to make way for Goliath.
Z-Force Six Flags Magic Mountain 1987 1993 Removed to make way for Batman: The Ride
Space Shuttle Six Flags AstroWorld 1986 2005 Removed due to park's closure. Relocated to Six Flags Over Texas.
Space Shuttle Six Flags Great Adventure 1985 2007 Removed as a result of cost-cutting. The ride is currently in storage.
Aerovarvet Liseberg 1989 2002 Was rebuilt in the winter between 2001-2002 to a swinging ship ride.
Perilous Pendulum Galaxyland 1985 2003 The first indoor Looping Starship. It was removed for replacement by the Solar Flare ride.
Jet Scream Canada's Wonderland 1990 2010 Removed for WindSeeker. In August 2011 the ride was put up for sale.[1]
Bounty Walibi Belgium 1993 2002 This ride was the former "Bateau Ivre" at fr:Zygofolis in France, which operated from 1987 to 1991.
ACME Rock n' Rocket Six Flags Over Texas 2006 2015 Most of the ride's parts are from the Six Flags Astroworld Looping Starship, which operated from 1986 to 2005. An entirely new chassis was built for this installation, themed after a Looney Tunes ACME rocket. Removed for Justice League: Battle for Metropolis
Looping Starship Tokyo Summerland 198? 2007 Themed as a Space Shuttle.
Looping Starship Seibuen Yuenchi Unknown 2011 Themed as a Space Shuttle.
Looping

Starship

Expo 86, Vancouver BC 1986 1986 Themed as a Space Shuttle. In place during the summer run of the world's fair in 1986, presumably sold when the fair closed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Looping Starship for Sale, Amusement Trader, August 11, 2011. Retrieved September 7, 2011.

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