Thursday, March 22, 2007

Flyin' Saucers!

The Flying Saucers attraction was one of those concepts that seemed like it couldn't fail. Even now (over 40 years after it closed) folks wonder what it was like to "fly their own" saucer. Unfortunately the ride was plagued with technical problems, and the hourly capacity was low. So the saucers were eventually returned to our alien overlords, where they are used for random night probings. But that's another story!

I wonder if the inventor of air hockey ever saw this attraction? According to Wikipedia, "Air hockey was invented by Bob Lemieux, an avid ice hockey fan and engineer at Brunswick Billiards, in 1972." That's way after our saucers became extinct.


Anonymous said...

Wow! That photo reminded me how HOT it could be out there on that saucer deck.

Merlinsguy said...

the air Hockey ride was replaced with a controversial "tongue Hockey" ride, which was a big hit. Little known fact.