For the roller coaster at Six Flags America, see Batwing (Six Flags America).

A batwing on Viper at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

A batwing is a heart shaped element that inverts riders twice. It is made up of a sidewinder, followed by a reverse sidewinder. This inversion is the inverse of a cobra roll.

The element was first used on Orient Express, where it was called a Kamikaze Kurve. Orient Express was demolished after the 2003 season.

On Arrow Dynamics roller coasters, such as Great American Scream Machine at Six Flags Great Adventure, it is known as a boomerang, however on Bolliger & Mabillard roller coasters, such as Montu at Busch Gardens Tampa and Afterburn at Carowinds, it is known as a batwing.

The bowtie and the pretzel knot are both similar to the batwing.


Name Amusement park Country Manufacturer Type Opened Status
Afterburn Carowinds
Bolliger & Mabillard Inverted 1999 Operating
Goudurix Parc Astérix
Vekoma Sit-Down 1989 Operating
Great American Scream Machine Six Flags Great Adventure
Arrow Dynamics Sit-Down 1989 Closed July 18, 2010
Montu Busch Gardens Tampa
Bolliger & Mabillard Inverted 1996 Operating
ShockWave Six Flags Great America
Arrow Dynamics Sit-Down 1988 Closed 2002
Smiler Alton Towers
Gerstlauer Sit-Down 2013 Operating
Steel Phantom Kennywood
Arrow Dynamics Sit-Down 1991 Closed 2000
Viper Six Flags Darien Lake
Arrow Dynamics Sit-Down 1982 Operating
Viper Six Flags Magic Mountain
Arrow Dynamics Sit-Down 1990 Operating
Vortex Kings Island
Arrow Dynamics Sit-Down 1987 Closed October 27, 2019

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