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Kamikaze - Amusement Ride Extravaganza

Kamikaze

The Kamikaze (AKA: Ranger) first made its debut in 1984, by Italian manufacturers Far Fabbri and Sartori, based off ride movements previously found on the Eyerly Loop-O-plane. Since this time over 150 units have sold worldwide and similar copies have been made by almost every ride manufacturer in the industry.

Its relative compactness (1 x 40ft trailer), high capacity (36 adults), dominant look (17.6m length / 18.4m height) and easy set up (4 hours with two workers) makes it a very appealing purchase for any travelling carnival owner.

The original Fabbri Kamikaze does not rely on heavy counterweights, but instead a highly geared drive system making for a very fast upside-down, pendulum motion, swinging at speeds of 13 RPM, relying on momentum to keep it swinging. In more recent models, Fabbri have increased the length of the upper arm counterweights thereby creating a slower ride with less drive requirements.

The ride movement gives feelings of seat-pining centrifugal force and head-rushing, blood-filling, upside-down moments varying in length, depending on the mood of the operator.

There are currently 3 Kamikazes, and 2 Rangers travelling Australia.

81 Responses to “Kamikaze”

  1. OMG just looking at this ride makes my stomach queasy. The poor people standing at the bottom of the ride that day, that’ll teach em lol

    Melissa Kelzke - May 16th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

  2. This ride is so popular, it even appears at large school fates these days! Definitely a personal favourite that attracts me to carnivals and shows.

    Ben - May 26th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

  3. It looks amazing, pity I’ve never been to any theme parks or shows which have it, it was removed from M&Ds which is a shame

    Hannah - July 22nd, 2009 at 1:32 am

  4. Very nice ride suprisingly. I expected it to be dissorientating, but its a great feeling, and you get nice views and lots of airtime at the top lol I havnt seen one in a theme park, but ive been on a travelling one, and i recommend them to anyone!

    Danny - July 22nd, 2009 at 5:19 am

  5. sexy ride

    anthony - August 10th, 2009 at 6:18 am

  6. that ride is scary trust me and its awsome

    anthony - August 10th, 2009 at 6:19 am

  7. im gonna ride the Kamikaze tomorrow with my friend it looks so scary but a lot of people say its fun.

    Isak - August 10th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

  8. this is called moonraker in my county fair

    Melissa - August 20th, 2009 at 4:15 am

  9. This ride is crazy you must ride at La Country Fair you will love it

    Drew Katonak - August 23rd, 2009 at 7:29 am

  10. Called the Skymaster at my county fair: not recommended for girls who don’t have their hair tied up, it gets tangled in the bars…

    Erin - September 5th, 2009 at 10:21 am

  11. I wait

    Aaron J. Smith - September 13th, 2009 at 6:42 am

  12. Skyrider, Skymaster, Screamer, Kamikaze, High Flyer, Demon Loop. Phew! I’ve been to almost all of them, perhaps in total over 200 times in a carnival season.

    Only the KMG pendulums have the better thrill, and more rides, too.

    Aaron J. Wilburn, Jr. - September 22nd, 2009 at 3:18 pm

  13. A very good attraction ! The ride is not SO scary as it seems from the ground :)))

    Victor - September 27th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

  14. Last time this was at my fair was back in 1994. But Gwinnett County Fair had this back in 1996. I haven’t seen this ride since 1996 to be honest. But my fair had the Sky Master that was back in 2001.

    Prince06 - September 30th, 2009 at 3:20 am

  15. I love this ride, but there is a version in my town called HangOver where there is no cage around you. Very Fun!

    Chase - October 22nd, 2009 at 4:24 pm

  16. This does a full 360

    Aaron J Smith - October 25th, 2009 at 3:20 am

  17. hey anybody seen the single arm top gun skymaster version i was wandering if anybody has any good pics of it for me as i remember the ride well when it was in the uk.cheers

    simon - October 31st, 2009 at 1:42 am

  18. omg that freakin ride is awsome but it makes me dizzy but its ok

    VICTOR - November 4th, 2009 at 2:55 am

  19. I love this ride! My nine year old cousin also loves this ride!

    Lauren - November 17th, 2009 at 10:04 am

  20. ^^^ Simon I have a few photos of the Top Gun. If you’d like me to email some I can do so

    Adam - November 21st, 2009 at 7:00 am

  21. Only thing with demon loop or sky master-rider is they are A.R.M. UK pieces they have fold-down floors!

    Chris - January 20th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

  22. Hi, My county fair has this ride called the Samurai I have never been on it BUT IT LOOKS SOO FUN!

    Jen - February 5th, 2010 at 10:43 am

  23. Hi again, Also Odenton Maryland has this firehouse carnival every Memorial Day and my Nana And Pap always take me to it and it has the ride but not in a gondola its called The Rainbow.

    Jen - February 5th, 2010 at 10:47 am

  24. My 12 year old daughter & her 10 year old friend went on this ride & even though i felt ill just watching this ride, they stayed on & didn’t even loose thier lunch.

    Jayne - February 15th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

  25. it doesnt make u sich u pussyz its an awsome ride

    jemma and tiana and jess - March 24th, 2010 at 8:50 am

  26. hey guys,, i am doing an assignment on this and am wondering what the forces are in this ride.. your help would be muchly appreciated cheers

    steph - March 29th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

  27. i love this ride a am going on it at the wisconsin state fair

    nathaniel - April 22nd, 2010 at 12:19 pm

  28. Went on one of these so scary!!!

    Jake Kosseris - April 27th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

  29. There was a permanent Kamikaze at Bell’s Amusement Park here in Oklahoma, U.S. - however, the park was recently forced to move from its location of roughly 60 years, and has not yet found a new one. The Kamikaze (along with a Bill Tracy whacky shack, a great wooden coaster and many other original rides) all are currently sitting in storage :(

    Johnny B - April 29th, 2010 at 3:46 am

  30. This comes to my town every year, but today was the first time iv’e ever rode it. It was scary!

    Ty G. - May 22nd, 2010 at 1:46 pm

  31. hey nathaniel my name is nathaniel and i was going to ride it at the wisconsin state fair too.

    nathaniel - July 1st, 2010 at 2:29 pm

  32. I cant wait to ride meteor which is a kamikaze 2 at dorney park.

    mb - July 21st, 2010 at 12:36 am

  33. Hello everyone I’m from Tijuana Mexico and I am a painter of mechanical games and well beautiful designs like kamikaze. No game gets old. bye [english translation of below]

    hola a todos soy de mexico del estado de tijuana b.c. trabajo en Atracciones Tijuana, y soy pintor de juegos mecanicos un sludo y estan bien bonitos los diseƱos del kamikaze, el juego ke no pasa de moda. bay

    eivar garcia - July 24th, 2010 at 7:14 am

  34. Hi this is kenny. I rode the kamikaze at the clark county fair this year in springfield ohio. Its ben there for 3 years and I rode it back in two thousand eight, two thousand nine, and this year. I wonder what makes the ride seem so scary?

    Kenny - August 3rd, 2010 at 1:36 am

  35. dis ryd b da shiz for reeeal. it gets pop’n off yo. yeeee

    Esa - August 5th, 2010 at 9:31 am

  36. WOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Dale - August 5th, 2010 at 9:34 am

  37. I did not like this ride. I didn’t like the different forces on the body and on top of that you’re hung at the end with blood filling your head! traumatic..

    Raymond - August 7th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

  38. @ Raymond: Hence it’s name, Kamikaze. It means suicide mission.

    Mb - August 27th, 2010 at 1:21 am

  39. One of my absolutely FAVORITE rides.

    It has come to my Satat Fair for as long as I can remember, and I remember on a few occasions when I kept riding this over and over again, the ride operator told me to travel around the Midway grounds, ride other rides, and come back to this later………………..but I love the Kamikaze ride.

    When it is (shudder!!!) being taken down, and disassembled, and put on its trailor, I just want to shed the tears…………..and I did not like the one photo shown above with the ride on its trailor, all alone, with the seat showing…………it is a sad photo.

    I love this ride, and it brings me joy…………it is awesome, and I hope it comes back next year.

    Anonomyous - August 29th, 2010 at 2:47 pm

  40. OUR COUNTY FAIR HAS THIS RIDE ITS CALLED THE SAMURAI!!!!!!!!!! I AM GOING TOMARROW NIGHT WITH MY FRIEND AND MY GRANDPARENTS ITS GOING TO BE SOO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

    JEN - September 17th, 2010 at 6:55 am

  41. WARNING…This ride is fun yes..But only if the people operating it do their job..Otherwise its unsafe..15 yr old today in SA was injured on one of these..Because she was not attended correctly by the operators..

    Tracy-Anne - October 3rd, 2010 at 10:00 pm

  42. i wouldnt ride this my best friend did though!

    Angel - December 21st, 2010 at 6:30 am

  43. Simon, Yes, there is a single armed version called the screamer. f.y.I. its at the tusc. County fair in dover, ohio

    mike - January 1st, 2011 at 9:26 am

  44. felt like i was falling down a hole

    brandon - February 21st, 2011 at 8:12 am

  45. my home town carnival sucks they got rid if this ride last year it was the only fun one! now if i wanna ride this on=e and several other like this i have to drive 30-45 minutes from my house to next closest fair :(

    Daniella - May 1st, 2011 at 3:47 pm

  46. hey im doing an assignment and i need some help. its to do with the forces. btw its called a shockwave here.

    ella - May 3rd, 2011 at 4:28 pm

  47. I think Farrow shows used to have a ride simliar to this called Bonzai. The riders legs were suspended. I remember seeing a girls flip-flops going flying off into the air while riding it.

    M Time - June 6th, 2011 at 5:36 am

  48. I went on this ride in the Placer County Fair, its amazing! The only problem is i got lifted out of my seat when we were upside down, and it kinda hurt… But it’s still an amazing ride, I would recommmend it to anyone who loves rollercoasters!!

    tpolchies - June 29th, 2011 at 4:56 am

  49. I went on the best version of this ride called the Voyager back in 1996 Neath fair in South Wales,uk. It was taller than most other version and both shuttles had a smoother look. No shoulder restrains, just over the legs. It was amazing!! Love to ride it again. Anyone know if its still about???? Also been on the Skymaster and Hangover versions.

    dickieskin - June 30th, 2011 at 9:04 am

  50. Can a person with a bit higher blood pressure ride it? I mean is it not dangerous or something?

    Marina - July 5th, 2011 at 9:47 am

  51. that ride sux because you can die and flop out of it

    storm - July 5th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

  52. what ever storm

    Harrison - July 5th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

  53. lol

    Harrison - July 5th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

  54. @ Storm The Kamikaze 1 is fenced in so there is no way you can fall out

    MB - July 15th, 2011 at 11:56 pm

  55. I rode the kamikaze again at the clark county fair here in springfield ohio. It was so fun. I like the feeling of hanging upside down. I always wonder how that ride actually works. Does it know when to flip on its own or do you have to press buttons and levers to tell the ride what direction to flip. I wouldn’t mind having a kamikaze in my back yard. It rocks.

    Kenny Peyatt - July 29th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

  56. I wonder what are the three inversions that the kamikaze does?

    Kenny Peyatt - July 29th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

  57. I have been riding this awesome ride for a long time, and the more I RIDE, THE MORE I WANT IT!!!!!!!!

    I do not have the money to buy it, but I have taken awesome pictures of the ride, and I love riding it. My favorite ride.

    Red - August 25th, 2011 at 4:57 am

  58. Let it be known:

    THE KAMIKAZE IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Red - August 25th, 2011 at 4:58 am

  59. The Kamikaze is cute. And I am going to marry it.

    It’s so cute!!!

    Red - August 25th, 2011 at 4:59 am

  60. back in 2009 at the michigan state fair it was called the screamer i regret being a chicken and just watching it because now we have no state fair :-(

    lorenzo - August 26th, 2011 at 10:52 am

  61. Ahhhh! OhmaGawsh Me And my Best Friend are going on it Tomorrow! Scared like all dis Shizz! Elllla.KiahhhhforevzBaby! XXX :) <3 x

    EllandKiah - September 26th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

  62. I went on this ride once. It was awesome! And scary! Then at another fair the guy controlling it was my friend. He let me control it! It was fun!! Then he had to do something and he said I will leave you in control. I said Ok. The people that were on it when I was controlling it loved me! Because I gave them 6 minutes instead of 2 minutes!

    Jakeequa - October 15th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

  63. qiero comprar el juego mecanico KAMIKASE para peru como ago para contactarme denme una informacion correcta lo esperamos llamenos a peru al 947663176

    gabriel - October 27th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

  64. Our company had the Sartori model from 1989 to 1995. Then traded it in for the Far Fabbri model. Then traded it again in 200o for the newer Fabbri floorless model called Footloose. A true money maker and fun ride. We run ours with strobes and fog. Awesome piece for any midway.

    @ Storm. Whatever.

    Chuck - October 31st, 2011 at 3:18 pm

  65. These things are insane i like to eat llamas.

    aidan - May 15th, 2012 at 1:28 am

  66. i LOVE this ride its awesome the first time i rode it they had the harness too wide and i almost fell through the bars best day ever.

    aidan - May 15th, 2012 at 1:30 am

  67. I rode the kamikaze again this year and the same experience of this ride makes it fun. I am going to the ohio state fair in august and if they have this ride I will be riding it again. How many controls does that ride have?

    Kenny Peyatt - July 26th, 2012 at 1:26 pm

  68. ask your colleagues have a question do you have for sale a Kamikaze. I’m serious buyer call from Serbia

    dejan - July 31st, 2012 at 1:46 am

  69. how old do you have to be to ride this im 11 years old and never been on this ride or for that matter any ride that goes up side down so is it scary and how old do u have to be.

    girly girl 103 - August 25th, 2012 at 11:14 pm

  70. mildura show 18 19 20

    christos - October 16th, 2012 at 9:27 pm

  71. Very good post. I am experiencing many of these issues as well.

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    forex signals service - March 4th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

  72. went on one in the late 1980’s didn’t puke for that. Was another that caused too much of a good thing. This one was fun. Think it was near Rochester MN I assume it’s like 80 ft in the air. They’d stop the thing upside down for a little bit here the rocks come up at your head. 20 some years later oh my what fun. :)

    Lee Bartholomew - May 8th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

  73. this ride is so fun. I went on stoned and tripped the hell out. so awesome. we have 2 in new Zealand. 1 in the north island. and 1 down south.

    storm mihaka - June 5th, 2013 at 3:02 am

  74. Rode this ride at the county fair one time, was fitted pretty loose in seat, apparently is how it is supposed to be. On the upside down part of the ride but came completely off the seat and shoulders pressed against shoulder bars pretty tight made me angry and depressed at the same time. Sometimes ride hangs you upside down for long periods of like 5 to 10 seconds felt like I could fall out if bars failed me and face felt like concrete the blood rush was so bad. Got sick from the bad mood it put me in. Riders beware!

    Kamikaze=Scary to the point of not being fun - July 19th, 2013 at 6:16 am

  75. Rode this ride at the county fair one time, was fitted pretty loose in seat, apparently is how it is supposed to be. On the upside down part of the ride but came completely off the seat and shoulders pressed against shoulder bars pretty tight made me angry and depressed at the same time. Sometimes ride hangs you upside down for long periods of like 5 to 10 seconds felt like I could fall out if bars failed me and head felt like concrete the blood rush was so bad. Got sick from the bad mood it put me in. Riders beware!

    Kamikaze=Scary to the point of not being fun - July 19th, 2013 at 6:17 am

  76. i have never ride it before but i love this ride!!

    kevinn valdez - August 24th, 2013 at 5:35 am

  77. Okay so I went on this ride at my home town carnival for the first time and it was so fun I couldn’t believe it. The first time I went I got stuck next to a screamer and wow was she loud.

    lala - December 26th, 2013 at 4:31 am

  78. i hate the feeling of the ride in my stomach. :D

    zaine - May 11th, 2014 at 11:38 am

  79. OMG!! I loved this ride, but one day I went on it and the thing that holds you in didn’t work on my seat and I could lift it up over my head btw I was only nine at the time so it was scary! I had to hold myself in the ride so that I didn’t fall out and I was freaking out which didn’t help much, but I had a friend with me and she was trying to calm me down. After I got off I told the guy working the ride that my thing that holds me in is broken and all he said was “oh, okay I will look at it” I don’t think he really cared but I cried after! So if you go on this ride have fun and good luck!

    Sarah gardiner - June 28th, 2014 at 1:33 am

  80. At my county fair it’s called the moonraker.

    It’s so scary!

    I rode it when I was 8

    Hugs - August 17th, 2014 at 3:10 am

  81. Went on this with my bro’n'law at the Ayer’s Cliff fair near Montreal. we are both big boyz and squeeezed into our seats. I thought it was going to be awesome, he wasn’t so sure…5 minutes late we we’re dangling upside down, which was cool. 5 minutes after that I was thinking about losing my lunch on him - sausages and lemonade. Fun, but I shant do that again.

    ian from montreal - August 30th, 2014 at 11:40 am

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