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Flashback (Six Flags Magic Mountain)

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Flashback
Flashback (Six Flags Magic Mountain) overhead.jpg
Flashback in 2007.
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Six Flags Magic Mountain
Location Valencia, California, USA
Status Defunct
Operated April 25, 1992 to 2003
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Six Flags Over Georgia
Location Austell, Georgia, USA
Operated 1988 to 1990
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Six Flags Great America
Location Gurnee, Illinois, USA
Operated 1985 to 1987
Replaced by Iron Wolf
Statistics
Manufacturer Intamin
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel
Model / product Space Diver
Riders per train 20
Hourly capacity 1,100
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height86 feet
Top speed35 mph
Length1,900 feet
Inversions0
Duration1:30
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Flashback was a unique steel roller coaster which operated at three Six Flags parks. It was designed and built by Intamin and Giovanola.

Design[edit | edit source]

Elements
  • Hairpin Dive
  • Hairpin Dive
  • Hairpin Dive
  • Hairpin Dive
  • Hairpin Dive
  • Hairpin Dive
  • Helix

The ride features 6 harpin drops and an upward helix. The harpin dives are supposed to mock a Fighter Jet. This was the only Space Diver to ever be produced.

Trains[edit | edit source]

3 trains with 4 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 5 across in a single row for a total of 20 riders per train. The trains were built by Giovanola.

History[edit | edit source]

Early Years[edit | edit source]

The ride originally opened at Six Flags Great America in 1985 as Z-Force. It operated for three seasons before being moved to Six Flags Over Georgia, where it opened in 1988.[1] It was finally relocated to Six Flags Magic Mountain under its new name, Flashback.

Closure[edit | edit source]

The ride (especially after moving to Six Flags Magic Mountain) was suffering from neglect. The track was said to be rusted and in poor condition and riders complained that the ride had got much rougher. The ride was making so much noise that the lifeguards at the nearby Hurricane Harbour were being distracted. These factors forced the ride's closure in 2003. The entrance was boarded up and power to the site was cut. There were many rumours that the ride would be reopened but eventually it was torn down in 2007, along with the ill-fated Psyclone and was scrapped shortly after.

After sitting empty for many years, in circa 2013 the adjacent water park expanded into the plot where Flashback once stood.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Flashback was the first roller coaster to feature four-abreast seating, now used on many Bolliger & Mabillard coasters. Citation needed

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