Remembering Lost Flip Flops…and the Sky Ride

July 20, 2013. This early 1970’s view of the famous James E. Strates Midway features the Sky Ride chairlift and the Sky Diver. Unlike a traditional Ferris Wheel, The Sky Diver sported small caged cars that were able to rotate horizontally while the wheel turned vertically. Fairgoers who rode the Sky Ride over the length of the midway would often mistakenly drop a flip flop or clog on the carnival tents below.