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parachute jump

The Parachute Jump is a defunct amusement ride in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, whose iconic open-frame steel structure remains a Brooklyn landmark. 262 feet (80 m) tall and weighing 170 tons (150 tonnes), it has been called the “Eiffel Tower of Brooklyn”. It was built for the 1939 New York World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Park, Queens, and moved to its current site, then part of the Steeplechase Park amusement park, in 1941. It is the only portion of Steeplechase Park still standing today. The ride ceased operations in 1968. The ride was based on functional parachutes which were held open by metal rings throughout the ascent and descent. Twelve cantilevered steel arms sprout from the top of the tower, each of which supported a parachute attached to a lift rope and a set of surrounding guide cables. Riders were belted into a two-person canvas seat hanging below the closed chute, then hoisted to the top, where a release mechanism would drop them, the descent slowed only by the parachute. Shock absorbers at the bottom, consisting of pole-mounted springs, cushioned the landing. Each parachute required three cable operators, keeping labor expenses high.

26 replies on “parachute jump”

A fascinating image of this landmark. I especially appreciate the detailed explanation that clued me in to the ride’s mechanism and what it would have been like to ridden it. Fine shot.

Very nice fisheye and an interesting story. It’s too bad it is no longer in operation; sounds like a fun ride. It does look well-maintained, though, with a nice fresh coat of paint.

i’m fairly adventurous, but i’d *never* do a ride like that. i wonder how many people died before they finally closed that?
i like ferris wheels and carousels. and of course, the tunnel of love.

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