The "Loop O Plane" ride in service at the 146th Annual Moniteau County Fair is celebrating its 50th year of service providing enjoyment and thrills for riders of all ages. The ride was originally purchased by William "Les" Jackson for use in his carnival until his death in 1966. Jackson's son Jim Jackson Sr., then inherited the ride and used it until 1995 when he passed it on to his son, Jim Jackson Jr., current owner of J & J's Magic Midway.
The ride was developed by the Lee Eyerly Aircraft Co., and was originally designed as a pilot training device in the 1930's. The first "Loop O Plane" was sold in 1934 and the ride was patented in 1935.
For more of this story check out the Aug. 15 issue of the California Democrat.