Aeronaut Skyride – Busch Gardens Williamsburg, VA

This VonRoll skyride runs in a one way triangle with half towers.
Hold down assembly at the England station.
All of the stations have approximately 60 degree turns.
France station.
Each station has a cabin storage area.
This is the only bullwheel without drive or tensioning.
Cabin turn area in France.
The first tower on the France-Germany segment.
Tower head.
The Germany station building.
This station features three vertical bullwheels instead of a horizontal one, enabling tensioning of the entire system.
Incoming end of Germany station.
Cabins stored when not in use.
The outgoing end of Germany station.
Side view of Germany.
A tall tower over the Rhine River.
The drive station – England.
Side view of England.
A sheave assembly and cabin.
Bullwheel at France.
Carrier for three people and detachable grip.
Grip attach zone at France.
Cabin 42.
Another view of a turnaround area where cabins are manually pushed through.
Leaving France.
Tower 4.
Tower 6.
View back toward France from Germany.
Arriving at Germany.
Germany unloading area.
Cabin attach zone at Germany.
The middle of Germany station.
The section between Germany and England has 4 towers.
Tower 8.
The final two towers.
Unloading area at England.
Drive bullwheel.
Gearbox and drive shaft.
View departing England.
Tower 1.
T2 looking towards France.
The first segment has just three towers.
View back towards England.
Arriving at France.
Loading area in France.
12 sheave assembly.
Cabins arriving and departing Germany.
At times, cabins fly very high over the ground.
The line passing through a steel roller coaster.
Tower 4.

3 thoughts on “Aeronaut Skyride – Busch Gardens Williamsburg, VA

  1. Utah Lost Ski Area Project September 24, 2021 / 9:07 pm

    This looks more like a 4 person gondola than a 3 person one. Are you sure this only fits 3?


  2. Donald Reif September 24, 2021 / 9:21 pm

    The France to Germany segment is ideal for getting pictures of Griffon and Alpengeist. The Germany to England segment provides you another perspective of Loch Ness Monster’s loops as well as the only way to see that coaster’s helix besides riding it.


  3. Munier Salem May 27, 2022 / 5:51 am

    This is such a beautiful machine. The triple bull wheel for tensioning is also super interesting: I guess if you tried to “pull back” a single bull wheel on one of the triangle’s vertexes, you would throw off the alignment (change the shape of the triangle).

    The T-bar at Breck likewise has 3 bull wheels at the bottom drive/tension station.

    Makes me wonder how the South Ridge triple at Killington got tensioned.


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