8.) Mile Sky Chaser (1923 - 1944)
* Type - Wooden - Out & Back
* Location - Luna Park
* Builder & Designer - Jarvis
* Height - 80 ft??
* Length - 3850 (estimate from map)
This enormous coaster ran along Luna Park's perimeter, mainly on the west and back sides. The loading station was near Surf Avenue at its entrance. It was originally built by Jarvis at Brighton Beach in 1910 and known as the Chase Thru the Clouds. When the park burned in 1919, the coaster was abandoned until Jarvis, as Luna's new manager, needed a more thrilling coaster and decided to move it. Newspapers reported that it cost $140,000 to build, but that might have been the original cost added to the rebuilding cost; but it does seem excessive. They also claimed that it had drops pf 95 feet, 75 feet and 65 feet; somewhat of an exaggeration. It burned in the final Luna Park fire.
The Mile Sky Chaser (coaster) and Shoot the
Chutes rides were damaged but repairable. Unfortunately it was during World War II when building material was strickly rationed. However, the park did reopen and charged ten cents to see the ruins.
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