Could they turn the Eiffel Tower into a tower drop?

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JonnyBoy12 | 19:13 Wed 15th Jun 2011 | Technology
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Not sure if this is the right area, but will ask it all the same. Some years ago when the Victorians were busy inventing useless things they had a plan to convert the Eiffel Tower into a tower drop. They were going to dig a huge wine-glass shaped pool at the bottom, and then build a bobbin shaped capsule for about 10 people. This was then to be winched up by a rope, and then dropped free fall into the pool of water. This would be faster than a modern day tower drop, but was never built.

Has anyone else heard of this scheme, and if so can I see pictures of this plan online?

Thanks for your help with this obscure question.


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I'll book you in on the first test run.
Me? No thanks .. if an egg dropped from the tower can go right through a car roof ....
"The Giant Drop is made up of two vertical tracks which run 119 metres (390 ft) to the top of the Dreamworld Tower. Each track features one, eight-seat floorless gondola. Riders are harnessed in by over-the-shoulder restraints.[5] Catch cars pull the gondolas to the top of the tower - a trip that takes approximately 90 seconds. The gondola pauses at the top of the tower for a moment of time before it is released from the catch car and dropped at a speed of 135 kilometres per hour (84 mph). After 5 seconds of freefall, the gondola is stopped by a magnetic braking system a few metres from the ground."

and the one you mention was going to crash into water !!!!!
lol See you in casualty department (or the morgue)

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