2012 can't come soon enough for Chicagoland rollercoaster enthusiasts!
Six Flags Great America made a major announcement this morning. They will be building the first "wing coaster" in the U.S. From the press release....
"X-Flight will take riders on a flight that defies gravity, with no track above or below them. Riders sit in pairs, suspended on either side of the track with their feet dangling, as they begin their climb up a 12-story plunge launching them into speeds of 55mph through 3,000 feet of intense drops and five inversions, including a barrel roll and zero-g roll. One of the most adrenaline-pumping moments on the ride is an extreme fly-through where the coaster speeds straight toward a structure, before making a last-minute vertical flip to fit through a keyhole cut-out."
The ride was designed by Swiss team Bollinger and Mabillard, the same folks who brought us Raging Bull, Superman: Ultimate Flight, and Batman: The Ride - which means their track record is stellar. Raging Bull is my personal favorite ride in the park, so adding another like it sounds incredible.
X-Flight will be featured in the County Fair section of the park, which is currently home to the American Eagle and the Demon. UPDATE: Early last month, Six Flags announced that standup coaster Iron Wolf would be dismantled and removed from the park. It makes sense that X-Flight would take its place in County Fair.
Check out the animated rendering of the X-Flight in action, and tell me it doesn't look like one of the top things you'll want to experience next summer. You should probably get in line now!