I'm honestly astounded by your wealth of knowledge about the park, and the incredible level of detail you're able to recall. Genuinely can't thank you enough for all of the information you've posted here.
Once I'm finished restoring the collection, I'll be sure to post a selection to the group. I was also planning to give them back to the marketing department, if they're interested. Would be cool to see some of the photos come full circle and somehow be used by the park again, after being nearly thrown away, saved, and given back.
A few photos of Sky Pilot, the park's Intamin Flight Trainer, which opened in 1989 and closed in 1998. Each car had a joystick that could be used to control the elevation of the arm (to a degree), and to roll the car. Drop Tower now sits on the foundation used by it. I'm not sure exactly how many of these there were, but Kings Island, Knott's, and California's Great America had them as well.
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Must have been taken over winter (late 88 or very early 89) during initial testing of the ride, considering the lack of windows or graphics on the pods.
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August 1993. Notice the cockpits became open air at some point - I'm not sure if it was a change made by Paramount or prior to them, or what the reasoning for it was.
The vehicles started with canopies to give the illusion of being in a cockpit of a plane.
The covers did have holes drilled in certain areas to allow for some air flow; but, as you can imagine, it could get really warm in the ride vehicles during the summer heat. Plus, the canopies had to be opened and closed manually by the ride crew; which was time consuming and lowered hourly capacity. So, after a couple seasons, they were removed.
Thanks for sharing here on this site. Like I posted earlier, you have photos of attractions, like Sky Pilot, that I have not seen on the facebook group site. Any photos you wish to post there would be appreciated. As for my knowledge, I started attending the park when it opened in 1975 (I was 13 years old). I can't gaurantee my information is 100% accurate; sometimes I can be off a year or two or I might have the order of something flipped here or there or a wrong name given. So I give my accuracy score between 85% to 95% on average.
Just wanted to clarify that the KD Historian site is just a repository of online posted photos, slides, and an occasional video. I am pretty sure they don't request or store any physical media. Just online uploads of media by generous donors. I would certainly contact the KD marketing department to see if they would want what you have for their archives.