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Flashback at Six Flags New England
This is Vekoma International's off-the-rack Boomerang model, the same ride you can find in many amusement parks (including Lake Compounce). Some coaster aficionados shun them for that reason, but don't let elitism cheat you out of this one.
Your train is hoisted backwards up a lift hill, so you can't see the top. And there's half the excitement: A gnawing fear that you'll never stop climbing. When you're at the summit, enjoy the terrific view of the park's south end.
Then hang on as you hurtle down, roar past the loading platform and rip through three inversions - a cobra roll and a full loop. Charge up a track that's almost parallel to the first hill, and get ready to barrel through the same circuit backwards.
FEELS LIKE: You're backing a station wagon up the side of a mountain, but then it morphs into a runaway Maserati.
THRILL LEVEL: Hard core
BEWARE: The front seat is fine, but on this ride try for the back car. You climb far higher on the lift hill than the front-seat riders will.
YOU MUST BE AT LEAST: 48 inches tall
YOU'RE STRAPPED IN BY: Shoulder/body harness
MADE OF: Steel
TOP SPEED: 50 mph
MAX HEIGHT: 129 feet
START TO FINISH: 2:08
GETTING UP THE FIRST HILL: 56 seconds