Construction Underway For Six Flags 'Wing Coaster'

Six Flags' new roller coaster, X Flight, due to open this Spring

By Glenn Marshall
|  Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012  |  Updated 10:47 AM CDT
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Watch a simulated ride on the park's coming-soon

Watch a simulated ride on the park's coming-soon "wing coaster."

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Six Flags Great America is gearing up to let riders fly through the sky on the Gurnee park's latest roller coaster installment, X Flight.

The new thrill ride includes 3,000 feet of track, a 12-story plunge and a zero-g roll. At one point it speeds straight toward a structure before making a last-minute vertical flip to fit through a keyhole cut-out.

Crews this week added the highest point to the wing coaster's 12-story drop, preparing for a May 2012 unveiling. Riders will sit in pairs on either side of a main track with their feet dangling. Per the theme, rides will "fly" top-speed toward a structure before making a last-minute vertical flip.

X Flight is the theme park's new addition. It was designed by the Swiss manufacturer that created Raging Bull, Superman and Batman rides at the park.

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