THE VICTORY DIVE BOMBER
The Dive Bomber is one of the most thrilling and adrenaline-filled rides on Carters Steam Fair. Four pods rotate on long arms, each one also independently spinning on its axis, simulating the sensation of being in the cockpit of a dive-bombing plane. Showland legend has it that the Dive Bomber was invented in America to train fighter pilots to withstand the pressures of jet flight.
This ride was originally owned by showman Billy Smart, who used to run funfairs alongside his famous travelling circus. We believe it may have been constructed from two different rides, and dates to around 1946. It is one of a few 'double' rides, having two arms rather than just the usual one. Dive Bombers were also sometimes geared to swivel the arms horizontally for a time too, before going upright again. The gearing and mechanics for this were complicated, so a number of them were converted to just vertical rotation.
The Dive Bomber was the first ride we obtained and renovated following John Carter's sad death in 2000. John had often spoken fondly about his love for the Dive Bomber as a ride, and so it felt like the right thing to do to add one to the collection. Joby Carter managed the restoration, which involved a full mechanical overhaul and thorough new paintwork, including a huge number of stunning scenic paintings by Anna Carter. The steel arms are chain driven from a central sprocket, which makes a great sound and is satisfying to watch if you are too prone to going green to actually have a go on it.
As the pods rotate, there is a tendency for people's spare change, mobile phones, glasses and other small pocketed objects to be thrown about, so we ask you to make sure you batten down your hatches before climbing aboard.
Who can ride, and what does it cost?
The Dive Bomber is suitable for people over 1.1m (accompanied by an adult) or over 1.3m (unaccompanied) and costs 5 tokens per person to ride. Prices may be subject to change.
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|Hire the Dive-Bomber
If you are interested in hiring the Dive-Bomber, please click here for more information. The Dive-Bomber takes about 5 hours to build up and has a footprint of approximately 23 x 40 feet. Please be aware that you will need a good level ground with no overhead obstructions, 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.