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American Eagle

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roller coaster
American Eagle
Six Flags Great America
Location Gurnee, Illinois, USA
Status Operating since 23 May 1981
Manufacturer Intamin
Type Wooden - Twin
Riders per train 30
Hourly capacity 1,800
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height127 feet
Drop147 feet
Top speed66 mph
Length4,650 feet
Steepest drop55°
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American Eagle is an twin wooden roller coaster located at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois, USA. The ride contains a helix and several large drops.

It is the second roller coaster from Intamin and the company's first wooden roller coaster.


American Eagle has an out and back layout. The ride begins with several airtime hills and a turnaround consisting of a large downward helix. More airtime hills follow and American Eagle concludes with a helix.


4 trains with 5 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 30 riders per train.


  • 9/9/1984: Three guests were hospitalized after two trains collided in the station.
  • 9/7/1997: Four guests were slightly injured after the second and third cars on the blue train separated and collided on the brake run.[1]

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Fastest roller coaster
May 1981 - March 1988
Preceded by
Fastest roller coaster
May 1981 - March 1988
Succeeded by