American Eagle

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American Eagle
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Six Flags Great America
Location Gurnee, Illinois, USA
Status Operating since May 23, 1981
Cost $10,000,000[1]
Statistics
Manufacturer Intamin[2]
Designer / calculations Curtis D. Summers, Inc, Jim Figley, Leonard Wright[3]
Type Wooden - Twin
Track layout Out and Back
Riders per train 30
Hourly capacity 1800
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height127 feet
Drop147 feet
Top speed66 mph
Length4650 feet
Inversions0
Steepest drop55°
Duration2:23
HELP
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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 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.[4] It was advertised as the longest roller coaster in the world, however this is only true if the length is considered to be that of both sides added together.

During the 2002 season, one half operated backwards.[5]

Design[edit | edit source]

Elements

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.[6]

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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 - June 1988
Preceded by
The Beast
Tallest roller coaster drop
May 1981 - June 1988
Succeeded by
ShockWave
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
Fastest wooden roller coaster
May 1981 - April 2000
Preceded by
The Beast
Fastest wooden roller coaster
May 1981 - April 2000
Succeeded by
Boss