start this review with a bit of a confession. At the time of writing
I've never been on the Flying Machine at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
Given my interest in historic rides, this is a big oversight. I think
it's because Blackpool has so many other great rides I've always just
skipped the Flying Machine. Now I've ridden this it's near the top of my to do list next time I visit Blackpool.
The thrills start even before you ride it. The planes swing out over
the path around it. Even though you know they're high enough not to be
a danger they still feel close enough to make it feel disconcerting as
they whiz overhead.
expecting the standard chairswing experience. How wrong I was. This is
a lot more intense than a normal chairswing, making it feel like your
riding through a gale as the wind generated strikes you so fast. Having
not ridden the flying machine I don't know if they've recreated a
classic, or have improved upon one. Either way the result is a great
ride, and ranks as one of the most exciting family thrill rides I've