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Vertical looping water slide, long thought impossible, in test phase
Vertical looping water slide, long thought impossible, in test phase

A New Jersey water park that briefly opened the world’s first looping water slide in the 1980s plans to unveil a modern heir to the legendary ride long shrouded in myth and hyperbole. Set to debut in summer 2016, the first-of-its-kind Sky Caliber vertical looping water slide at Action Park in Vernon, N.J., will rocket riders 50 mph through a 30-foot-tall loop at 6 Gs while encased inside a bullet-like capsule. Action Park, about 90 minutes northwest of New York City, opened the Cannonball Loop vertical looping water slide for a week or so in 1985 but closed the attraction because of safety concerns. Grainy VHS video footage posted online shows people emerging from the tight,...

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