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Great stuff Mike! The booklet must have been printed before the fair since there's no photos included. Your photo is from 1964 by looking at the carousel in the background.

Thanks for sharing... <a href="http://www.nywf64photos.com/PicPages/JAYCOPTR.htm" target="_blank">http://www.nywf64photos.com/PicPages/JAYCOPTR.htm</a>

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Bill Y. has this same brochure on his site (I learned after the fact). Info on this attraction is indeed scarce!

Lake Amusement Area, from the Monorail, is the next scheduled (snicker) batch.

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Let me guess--this ride never really caught on. I have never seen a Jaycopter anywhere other than at the Fair. Sounds as if the designers envisioned an amusement landscape dotted with Jaycopters.

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Look at this 8mm film being sold on e-bay of an amusement park. Is this a Jaycopter?

<a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3376531334&category=1476" target="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...4&category=1476</a>

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From an on-line reference:

the Jaycopter Corporation, made a 16-seat model for use at the New York World’s Fair of 1964-65. There, the Jaycopter hosted famous passengers including John F. Kennedy Jr. and Caroline Kennedy. Three eight-seat models were also produced, and were set up at midways throughout North America in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and San Diego, California.

one of the eight-seat versions:

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It looks like the film on eBay likely shows one of these eight-seat versions at one it's midway stops, rather than the sixteen-seat version seen at the NYWF.

John F. Kennedy Junior disembarks from the 16-man Jaycopter at the New York World's Fair, 1964-65

inven_trans_jaycop_10_det.jpg

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Mike Kraus has added a nice "in-flight" photo of the World's Fair 16-passenger Jaycopter on his Jaycopter web page.

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This exterior design is clearly different than the 8-passenger version seen in the eBay film.

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Here is something odd- I have copies of three other photos that show the World's Fair Jaycopter with a yellow-colored fuselage just like in Mike's photo.

But this one, from ViewMaster, shows a red one with a fuselage that is very much like the 8-passenger version.

I wonder if Jaycopter installed one of the 8-passenger versions in the Amusement Area as the Fair neared completion to test various systems while they awaited delivery of the big one-of-a-kind 16 passenger version, and that just happened to be when ViewMaster came around taking photos?

We'll have to be on the lookout for other World's Fair photos which show this red 8-passenger Jaycopter.

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Besides color it looks like the key identifiers are:

8-passenger- straight sides with a 'boxy' look, tail boom goes straight back, there are two 'legs' underneath the fuselage with steps mounted on (the 8mm film frame on eBay clearly shows this).

16-passenger- curved sides with shape more like an egg, tail boom bends upwards, egress appears to be via one side only rather than the steps on two legs- see the JFK Jr photo

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FYI: Mike's photo below with the 16 passenger yellow copter shows the carousel in the background with its 1964 paint scheme.

So maybe the 8 passenger came later.

[This message has been edited by MitchS (edited 01-06-2004).]

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One of the other yellow Jaycopter photos shows the carousel in the '65 paint scheme.

Another one (yellow Jaycopter) shows the Belgian Village finished (which didn't happen until late '64).

The ViewMaster photos are also known (through looking at other pavilion paint jobs and configurations) to all have been shot in April or May of '64.

So the conclusion is that the 8-passenger version was there in the spring of '64, but sometime thereafter- certainly by the end of the summer- the 16-passenger version was installed.

Anybody know the date of the JFK Junior visit?

Here's the current eBay pic- a frame capture from 8mm film, said to be from an amusement park or fair in the midwest (which the other frame captures seem to support-

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Here's some very interesting reading- a guy who is trying to build a home garage-built version of a Jaycopter-type of arcade-in-a-bubble machine. As of last week, he's almost done!- with just over a year of work put into it. And his photos look pretty attractive.

Obviously the guy has an aerospace background and some pretty good engineering and manufacturing skills.

<a href="http://www.nappepin.com/ArcadeChopper/ArcadeChopper.htm" target="_blank">http://www.nappepin.com/ArcadeChopper/Arca...cadeChopper.htm</a>

Here is a pretty awesome video of one of his full-throttle up test flights- <a href="http://www.nappepin.com/ArcadeChopper/Chopper%20Video/vibtest100%25.MPG" target="_blank">http://www.nappepin.com/ArcadeChopper/Chop...btest100%25.MPG</a>

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Carousel%20Park%20Ray%20th.jpg

Confirmed Randy- Photo from Ray Dashner showing 1965 carousel paint scheme and yellow Jaycopter.

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I can't find a specific date for the JFK Jr. visit. The Rev. Richard McSorley, however, stated in an interview that he "took John Jr. to the 1964 World's Fair." The Rev. was the religious advisor to the Kennedy's. After JFK's assassination he continued to council, and was a friend to, Jackie and her family.

The visit could have been a low key affair by Rev. McSorley (just taking a child to the fair, just as many of us were taken) that was picked up on by a visiting newsman.

I got the quote from an online report of an episode of 20/20.

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The guy in the black & white photo handing John down from the jaycopter looks like he has one of those priest's collars- so it's probably him...

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