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THE PARAMOUNT CHAIR-O-PLANE


The Chair-o-Plane at night


The Chair-o-Plane is one of our most popular gentle rides

John and Anna Carter bought the Chair-o-Plane in 1978. Until that point, they had been travelling the Gallopers on its own, and the money they were earning wasn't quite enough to feed a growing family and two large hungry dogs.

It was decided that the family should get another ride and operate them together. The Chair-o-Plane's background is patchy – it's thought that it was built in Germany and imported to Britain in the 1920s as a blank canvas, ready to be painted by British showmen. It's generally the case that British roundabouts run clockwise, whereas their Continental and American counterparts run anti-clockwise. The Chair-o-Plane certainly runs the right direction to be a British-built ride, but it may have been adapted by an early owner.

When we first obtained the Chair-o-Plane it needed a good deal of restoration. The bank tried to save us from ourselves and refused to lend us any more money, so we were forced to take the Gallopers out for another season on its own to raise the funds to restore the Chair-o-Plane, which finally joined us on the road for the 1980 season.

These days, there are very few Chair-o-Planes still in operation, as they can't compete with modern white knuckle rides. The Chair-o-Plane is a hugely popular ride, with extensive scenic painting by Anna Carter and chains which were reputedly once deck chains on the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Who can ride, and what does it cost?
The Chair-o-Plane is suitable for people over 1.1m in height, and costs 5 tokens per person to ride. Prices may be subject to change.


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Hire the Chair-o-Plane
If you are interested in hiring the Chair-o-Plane, the price starts from around £2000. Please click here for more information. The Chair-o-Plane takes about 4 hours to build up and has a footprint of about 48 feet, and a height of approximately 28 feet. Please be aware that you will need a good level ground and clear enough access to get an articulated lorry on to the site (any gate must be minimum of 10 feet wide). It runs on electricity, which we can generate with one of our lorry-mounted sets if necessary.

 

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