Six Flags Unveils New 'Wing Coaster'

X-Flight is billed as the first "wing coaster" in the U.S.

By Lisa Balde
|  Thursday, Sep 1, 2011  |  Updated 10:48 AM CDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Watch a simulated ride on the park's coming-soon

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

It's called X-Flight and it's meant to feel like you're flying.

"Defy gravity on our ground-breaking wing coaster with no track above or below you," reads the plug for Six Flags Great America's new roller coaster.

The amusement park chain announced Thursday X-Flight will open in 2012 in Gurnee as a 55 mph coaster that climbs 12 stories, boasts zero-g rolls and 3,000 feet of drops -- all without customary track below or above cars.

Riders 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.

"We're the first to announce plans for a wing coaster in the U.S.," according to a statement from the park.

X-Flight was designed by the Swiss manufacturer that designed Raging Bull, Superman and Batman rides at the park. The coaster debuts in spring.
 

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Get Our Weather App
Stay ahead of the storm with the NBC... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out