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Batwing

For the roller coaster at Six Flags America, see Batwing (Six Flags America).

A batwing on Viper at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

A batwing is a heart shaped element that inverts riders twice. It is made up of a sidewinder, followed by a reverse sidewinder. This inversion is the inverse of a cobra roll.

The element was first used on Orient Express, where it was called a "kamikaze curve". Orient Express was demolished after the 2003 season.

On later Arrow Dynamics roller coasters, such as Great American Scream Machine at Six Flags Great Adventure, it is known as a boomerang, however on Bolliger & Mabillard roller coasters, such as Montu at Busch Gardens Tampa and Afterburn at Carowinds, it is known as a batwing.

Elements similar to a Batwing are the bowtie and the pretzel knot.

Examples[edit]

Name Amusement park Manufacturer Type Opened Status
Afterburn Carowinds Bolliger & Mabillard Inverted 1999 Operating
Goudurix Parc Astérix Vekoma Sit-Down 1989 Operating
Great American Scream Machine Six Flags Great Adventure Arrow Dynamics Sit-Down 1989 Defunct
Montu Busch Gardens Tampa Bolliger & Mabillard Inverted 1996 Operating
ShockWave Six Flags Great America Arrow Dynamics Sit-Down 1988 Defunct
Smiler Alton Towers Gerstlauer Sit-Down 2013 Operating
Steel Phantom Kennywood Arrow Dynamics Sit-Down 1991 Defunct
Viper Six Flags Magic Mountain Arrow Dynamics Sit-Down 1990 Operating
Viper Darien Lake Arrow Dynamics Sit-Down 1982 Operating
Vortex Kings Island Arrow Dynamics Sit-Down 1987 Operating

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