Rock O Plane

Debuting in 1947 by the Eyerly Aircraft Company, the Rock O Plane has truly stood the test of time on the carnival midway, putting smiles on people’s faces for over 60 years and accommodating 16 adults or 24 kids at a time, in eight cars.

Rock-o-Plane’s key feature is its unique rider-interaction – patrons can control their free-spinning seats with a brake, making their seat capable of upside-down action, or if not pushed, a speedy ferris wheel ride.

During transport, the ride packs down to a single trailer – the main pole folds down on a hydraulic ram with 4 arms folding each length of it, and the cars unbolted and positioned underside (or above)

There are approx 30 units in the UK and around 40 in USA. At least 2 units were built under license in Australia in the 1960’s, while in 1999, a UK engineer developed a forward-facing seat arrangement, essentially creating a whole new ride experience.

49 Responses to “Rock O Plane”

  1. I want to ride one of these things. Do you know what shows carry them in the U.S.A?

    Jim - May 10th, 2011 at 6:53 am

  2. I love this ride, but it bruises your legs.

    mike - May 27th, 2011 at 12:21 pm

  3. Jim,
    Chance rides has a few,and also kissel brothers shows

    mike - May 27th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

  4. Looks like a fun ride! Does anyone know who in Australia operates or operated these rides?

    Ben - June 15th, 2011 at 8:10 am

  5. I finally rode one of this at Santa Cruz Boardwalk – big fun!

    VulcanNonibird - June 23rd, 2011 at 5:48 am

  6. this must be new . is this new??????????????????

    Oliver - July 9th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

  7. This ride kind of reminds me of the Skydiver because technically its a ferris wheel where you can control the gondola

    MB - July 15th, 2011 at 11:58 pm

  8. We have one of these. I went on it yesterday for the first time. IT WAS AWESOME! I loved it. but i blacked out on it for a second. the one i know is called rok n rol though?

    BL - August 20th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

  9. Outstanding!

    The Flaming Pencil - September 15th, 2011 at 1:47 am

  10. Lagoon in Farmington, Utah has one. You can roll the cage if you rock and work the brake correctly…big fun.

    Greg - September 17th, 2011 at 4:55 am

  11. We have one sitting in the weeds behind the warehouse. Hasn’t operated since the nineties.

    Chuck - October 31st, 2011 at 4:12 pm

  12. Outstanding wheel. Its a shame more shows (big and small) don’t carry one of these. It has great thrills, its easy to set up/tear down, and you can pull it as double with another load. Shows need to think about putting more wheels back on their midways (not just a few giant wheels) to give people choice (and make the midway look stronger).

    Jim - November 12th, 2011 at 4:25 am

  13. new New NEw NEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    oliver - December 4th, 2011 at 1:36 pm

  14. Two locations in Sydney that had Rock O Planes were Luna Park and Manly Fun Pier. Manly Fun Pier closed down sometime in the 70’s and the one at Luna Park was eventually removed.

    Neil - January 13th, 2012 at 10:29 pm

  15. Is this machine for sale?

    Peter - January 25th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

  16. “We have one sitting in the weeds behind the warehouse. Hasn’t operated since the nineties.

    Chuck – October 31st, 2011 at 4:12 pm”

    Is this machine for sale? Can you give Chuck my email address?

    Peter - January 25th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

  17. picketts had one 25 30 yrs ago young jamie was bout 13?14 was operating it at the clayton school fair in vic ,and he gave me a fair work out on it to

    jimmy toot - May 25th, 2012 at 10:46 pm

  18. Jimmy toot. Pickets one is still going strong! It did have a rest for 10 years. It’s just also had a re-theame & is now called the superstar and still dose school fates in Melbourne and around Victoria!

    Josh - July 12th, 2012 at 1:14 pm

  19. I have rode this since the early 70s. A true classic. Try working the brake so that you are upside down at the bottom and then adjust it so that you climb still upside down. maximum pressure!

    David Harbour - August 1st, 2012 at 7:29 am

  20. Hello all,
    We have a Rock-O-Plane here in Oregon. It is in Portland Oregon, at Oaks Amusement Park. I really enjoyed the ride, and it came to me as a surprise that I did not know about the brake, which is like a bar with a ring in the centre of it. I rode on it two times before I learned about it on my third ride.

    Alfredo - August 10th, 2012 at 12:20 am

  21. They have one at the mushroom festival in michigan

    kyle - August 31st, 2012 at 6:13 am

  22. This came to my local fair every year when I was a kid, but we called it the egg roll. It was my favorite ride!

    Joe - October 9th, 2012 at 1:47 pm

  23. I have a couple of nice pictures of the Rock O Plane Josh from Portland bught off Pickets and refurbished if you want them emailed to you

    Geoff Smart - October 26th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

  24. We have this ride at the pumkin show but its called the star didnt go up to the pumkin show this year

    Wyatt - November 13th, 2012 at 8:43 am

  25. I love this ride, I’m so happy the show I work for has one. The best name I have heard locals call it was “the Rat Cage”.

    Kat - November 13th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

  26. I’m putting together a small museum of individual seats, cages, cars, etc from amusement park rides and carnival rides. If anyone knows of an individual Rock-O-Plane cage (not the whole structure, just one cage/seat), please contact me. I don’t resell. This isn’t a buy and sell business. I also want a Skydiver car, Flying Cage, Rock-O-Plane Cage, several others. I am in Youngstown, Ohio and Northern Virginia. Jim (330) 774-4107

    Jim Amey - January 24th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

  27. any body have photos of this ride packed for transport?

    chris - June 6th, 2013 at 4:37 am

  28. I own a rock-o-plane! i am looking to get in touch with Oregon Rides Inc or ORI does anyone know how I can?

    Aaron - June 20th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

  29. There’s a Rock O Plane at Sandy Lake Park in Carrollton, TX (part of Dallas)

    Kelsey - August 2nd, 2013 at 10:12 am

  30. Hi, does anyone have the contact details for anyone looking to sell a Rock o Plane? Either which needs refurbishing or a working unit? Regards Jamie Knowles.

    Jamie Knowles - September 13th, 2013 at 10:07 pm

  31. Dear guys
    we are a professional amusement rides supplier , if you interest to our amusement rides , you can contact me ,
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    Eva - December 2nd, 2013 at 5:35 pm

  32. Rock O Plane is awesome. There used to a lot of them around but now I only know of two Rocks traveling around my area.

    Brian - March 6th, 2014 at 3:00 pm

  33. It looks like fun I think I might go on it this summer

    Joseph - May 6th, 2014 at 5:15 am

  34. Hello eva i have just brought a rock o plane and i am looking for some parts i can not get hold of oregon rides who have the rights in the states can you help

    glenn - May 13th, 2014 at 10:01 am

  35. Yee-ha! Rock-O-Plane! The Rock-O-Plane would make a GREAT replacement for the Zipper! Best yet, according to an answered question on Yahoo Answers, you can still ride single on the Rock-O-Plane.

    Tommy - February 25th, 2016 at 6:03 pm

  36. Hi. Does anyone know of any Rock-O-Planes within the state of Florida? Any in nearby states?

    Carnival man - March 26th, 2016 at 7:11 pm

  37. Fresno ca.Playland at Redington park has a rock-o-plane.I was the Playland head maintenance man for 2 years from trying to find/purchase a scale model.any suggestions?

    Matthew DerGarabedian - July 15th, 2016 at 4:16 pm

  38. how tall is the rocj
    ko plane? please contact me at 417 288 1841

    ken bratcher - July 27th, 2016 at 4:09 am

  39. If you rock your car at the bottom and lock it while your feet are up and you’re on your back, then keep it locked as you ride to the top, you’ll be upside down. Just as you are about to start the down side (but your car is still at the top and you’re upside down) release the lock and your car will spin 360 head over heels all the way down. This is one ride that can be mild or WILD if you know how to work it!

    Sandy - August 9th, 2016 at 11:00 am

  40. First ride I ever rode that went upside down. Two people that know how to work it can get it to spin several times. Hated it when the operator locked the brake so tight I couldn’t release it BORING! Has to be freewheeling 4 the most fun!
    Where’s the nearest 2 northnern IL?

    Fred Hoffman - June 2nd, 2017 at 4:05 am

  41. The rock o plane was the undisputed champion of all the rides at the traveling carnival when I was a kid. You lined up, rode it, and lined up again until your tickets were gone. We all called it the “egg roll.” I am so happy to know its real name and would love to ride it again someday!

    Hannah - June 4th, 2017 at 2:32 pm

  42. I absolutely loved this ride, a classic at every fair just like the merry go round. I not only rode it many times but I also had the privilege to run one for Otterbacher Amusements back in the 70’s and early 80’s. Nothing better than working for a traveling carnival and running all those rides such as the Scat, Scrambler, Round-Up etc. Great times. BTW the Rock was a money shaker, picked up lots of change every night after we closed.

    Scott - June 16th, 2017 at 7:37 am

  43. do you know the wieght of the tubes

    randy Williams - August 2nd, 2020 at 12:16 pm

  44. In Western New York I believe Midway Rides of Utica still has one.

    Daniel J Wilson - November 23rd, 2020 at 8:49 am

  45. Anyone selling an Eyerly mount for parts?

    Paul Neudecker - December 18th, 2020 at 3:02 pm

  46. Hi, I am looking for a phone number or email. I work with a Canadian TV show that is looking to use Tthe Rock o Plane in one of our episodes

    Carrie Marie Penney - September 10th, 2021 at 6:24 am

  47. Hi Looking for a contact number for someone to give me permission to use this ride in a tv series.

    Carrie Marie Penney - September 10th, 2021 at 6:25 am

  48. Hello, I own a Rock o Plane from Eyerly Aircraft in Switzerland. I need information about the transmission. (Brand, type…) my drive shaft broke. With kind regards from Switzerland. Jürg

    Muri Jürg - July 7th, 2022 at 6:06 pm

  49. we have a rock o plane parting out in washington state

    Neil beerbower - February 1st, 2023 at 9:44 am

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