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New rollercoaster for Six Flags in 2012

Six Flags Great America will open a new rollercoaster for its 2012 season, park officials said this morning.

The new wing-style rollercoaster, X-Flight, will feature suspended seats, a 12-story initial plunge, 3,000 feet of drops, and five inversions, according to spokeswoman Jennifer Dugan Savage.

"The coaster’s train actually looks like a plane with seats suspended on either side of the track," said Park President Hank Salemi in a news release. "It's like nothing you have ever experienced before."

The park first announced the new coaster on its Facebook page after giving followers clues about a "big announcement" for several days in advance.

Designed by the same company that built the Raging Bull, Superman and Batman rides, X-Flight will open in the County Fair section of the park in spring 2012.

The park announced last month that it would close and remove Iron Wolf, a stand-up rollercoaster that opened in 1991, after Labor Day weekend.

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