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American Eagle

American Eagle

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roller coaster
American Eagle
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Six Flags Great America
Location Gurnee, Illinois, USA
Status Operating since May 23, 1981
Statistics
Manufacturer Intamin
Type Wooden - Twin
Riders per train 30
Hourly capacity 1800
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height127 feet
Drop147 feet
Top speed66 mph
Length4,650 feet
Inversions0
Steepest drop55°
Duration2:23
HELP

American Eagle is a 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.

History[edit | edit source]

American Eagle in 2004, with one train facing forwards and the other facing backwards

American Eagle opened on May 23, 1981.[1]

During the 2002 season, one half operated backwards.[2]

Design[edit | edit source]

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.

Trains[edit | edit source]

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.

Incidents[edit | edit source]

  • 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.[3]

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Tallest wooden roller coaster
May 1981 - July 1985
Preceded by
Colossus
Tallest wooden roller coaster
May 1981 - July 1985
Succeeded by
Le Monstre
Tallest roller coaster drop
May 1981 - May 1989
Preceded by
The Beast
Tallest roller coaster drop
May 1981 - May 1989
Succeeded by
Magnum XL-200
Tallest wooden roller coaster drop
May 1981 - May 1989
Preceded by
The Beast
Tallest wooden roller coaster drop
May 1981 - May 1989
Succeeded by
Hercules
Fastest roller coaster
May 1981 - March 1988
Preceded by
The Beast
Fastest roller coaster
May 1981 - March 1988
Succeeded by
Bandit