Maxim, most famous as the inventor of the
machine gun, emerged from the pioneering backwoods of Maine to become master of anything
mechanical or electrical. His inventions transformed warfare and led to powered flight -
he also invented the light bulb.
enthusiasts know Maxim mainly as the inventor of the Flying Machine ride. His first was at
Earl's Court in 1904, and he also ran rides at London's Crystal Palace, Southport's
Pleasureland and New Brighton's Tower Pleasure Ground. But his most famous Flying Machine
ride is the one at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Built in 1904, Sir Hiram Maxim's Captive
Flying Machine is still operating to this day.
This book tells the full story of one of the great
amusement park pioneers.