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|Manufacturer||Bolliger & Mabillard|
|Type||Steel - Inverted|
|Riders per train||32|
|Propulsion||Chain lift hill|
Top speed62 mph
In early 1997, Paramount's Carowinds began consultations with roller coaster manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard about adding a new ride to their park. During 18 months of discussions, several designs and themes for the ride were developed, including theming it to the Godzilla franchise. In July 1998, the park announced the addition of Top Gun: The Jet Coaster for the 1999 season. At a cost of $10.5 million, it would be the single biggest investment in the park's history.
Top Gun: The Jet Coaster became Afterburn in 2008. For the 2014 season, Afterburn was repainted.
Afterburn stands 113 feet tall, has a drop of 110 feet and reaches speeds of 62 mph. It features a 2,956 foot track and a nearly three-minute-long ride time. It also has 6 inversions, including a batwing. The other inverted coaster with this element is Montu at Busch Gardens Tampa. Afterburn has generally been well received, having been featured several times as a top 50 roller coaster in Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Awards.
- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
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|Former||Flying Super Saturator • Thunder Road • White Lightnin'|