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The Paratrooper ride established itself as a fairground favorite throughout the 1960s and 1970s, offering an exciting aerial ride with a comfortable rather than white-knuckle experience. The history of the ride splits into two discernible chapters - the upright versions and the later lifting versions, though these two histories are interlinked in many ways. Some upright machines were converted to lifting versions, whilst the lifting version bought about a general re-theming of the ride and an introduction of the term “Skydiver” to the parks and fairgrounds.


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