Singapore Flyer

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Singapore Flyer
Singapore Flyer
Type Ferris wheel
place Singapore
opening March 1, 2008
height 165 meters
Gondolas 28
Passengers per gondola 28
Singapore Flyer with the adjacent Marina Bay Street Circuit Formula 1 racetrack

The Singapore Flyer is the second tallest Ferris wheel in the world with a height of 165 meters . From March 2008 to April 2014 the facility was the world's tallest Ferris wheel. It stands in a green area near the shore on the outskirts of the city in the city-state of Singapore and, when it opened, replaced the star of Nanchang as the largest Ferris wheel in the world. On April 1, 2014, the Singapore Flyer had to hand over the title to The High Roller in Las Vegas .


The Singapore Flyer was built by the Great Wheel Corporation ; the construction costs amounted to around 135 million euros and were raised by German investors. TÜV Süd is responsible for the safety-related acceptance of the Ferris wheel.

On February 11, 2008, guests were transported on the Ferris wheel for the first time; the opening for the general public took place on March 1st.

The Singapore Flyer replaced the star of Nanchang as the largest Ferris wheel in the world and was replaced on March 31, 2014 by the High Roller in Las Vegas.

On December 23, 2008 at around 5 p.m. local time, a short circuit in one of the Ferris wheel motors led to a six-hour power failure. About 170 passengers were temporarily trapped; some of them were roped out of the capsules in an hour-long rescue operation. Shortly after 11 p.m. local time, the breakdown was resolved so that the other passengers could leave the capsules themselves. The operator put the Ferris wheel out of operation for a few days after the incident.

Since the opening of The High Roller at The Linq amusement complex in Las Vegas on April 1, 2014, the Singapore Flyer is only the second tallest Ferris wheel in the world. The new record holder is around three meters higher.


Storage mechanism of a gondola
View from a cabin
Inside view of a gondola

The construction of the Singapore Flyer is based on that of the London Eye . The wheel is attached to the hub with 112 8 cm thick steel cables. Since a wheel constructed in this way only becomes stable when closed, it was stabilized with massive spokes during construction.

The wheel turns slowly but steadily and is not stopped to get into the vehicle. One rotation takes about 30 minutes. The entry price for a trip is around 20 euros per person.

The Ferris wheel has 28 gondolas, each of which can hold up to 28 people, giving a total capacity of 784 people. The number "28" also has a symbolic meaning: the Chinese consider 8 to be a lucky number, while 28 is understood as double luck. The gondolas are mounted in two rings each, attached to the outside of the wheel, so that even in the highest position it does not obstruct the view, which can reach up to 45 km. Since the large glass surfaces create a greenhouse effect, each of the cabins has four air-conditioning systems that cool and dry the air, with 32 liters of condensation per hour and gondola . The water is drained from the gondolas after each lap. So that no water from the outside air condenses on the surface of the cooled gondolas, the room temperature of the cabins is individually adjusted each time the station passes through.

The strong winds in Singapore create air turbulence around the two pillars, and the resulting fluctuations in air pressure cause them to vibrate. To avoid material fatigue, each one is equipped with a vibration damper that can be reached via an 85 m high ladder. Two and a half tons of steel each with 10 cm clearance to swing serve as vibration dampers. They absorb the movement of the pillars, which is then converted into heat by shock absorbers.

Web links

Commons : Singapore Flyer  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ↑ Bad investment: Investors are turning the wrong Ferris wheel ( Memento from August 7, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) , Financial Times Deutschland , August 4, 2009
  2. Singapore Flyer: A round outlook for 4,300 euros , Spiegel Online , February 11, 2008
  3. Ferris wheel: The "Singapore Flyer" and the magical eight , Die Welt , February 12, 2008
  4. Terror in Singapore: Power failure paralyzes the world's largest ferris wheel , Die Welt , December 23, 2008
  5. Singapore Flyer on strike - Trapped in the largest Ferris wheel in the world ( Memento of the original from May 26, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , n-tv , December 23, 2008
  6. a b c d e f g h i j k l Big, Bigger, Biggest: Singapore Flyer - the world's largest Ferris wheel , Documentation by the National Geographic Channel , GB, 2009

Coordinates: 1 ° 17 ′ 22 "  N , 103 ° 51 ′ 47"  E