The Paramount Chair-o-Plane
Soar high in the air with the wind in your hair, and marvel at the whole fair at your feet.
About the Paramount Chair-o-Plane
Dating from the 1920s, this is a rare example of working vintage chair-o-planes, as they can’t compete with today’s white knuckle rides – but the popularity of ours just goes to show that it’s still very well loved by all ages.
Who can ride, and what does it cost?
The Chair-o-Plane is suitable for people over 1.1m in height, and costs 5 tokens per person to ride.
A brief history of the Paramount Chair-o-Plane
The Chair-o-Plane’s history is a bit patchy – it’s believed to have been built in Germany in the 1920s and to have been adapted for British customers by making it run clockwise (roundabouts from Continental Europe and America turn the other way).
It was bought by John and Anna Carter in 1978 – the second large ride to join the fair after the Gallopers – and needed a good deal of restoration.
The ride features dramatic scenic painting of aircraft by Anna Carter and the chains which hold the chairs are reputedly from the decks of the Royal Yacht Britannia!
Video: Watch fairground owner Joby Carter talk about the Chair-o-Plane
Find out more
At selected locations you can join Joby Carter for a 1 hour guided tour talking about the history of our rides and fairground art through the decades. Book tickets here.