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|Propulsion||Chain lift hill|
|Top speed||52 mph|
|Manufacturer||Arrow Dynamics (1989-2015) |
|Riders per train||28|
The ride debuted as Kamikaze at Conko's Party Pier in Wildwood, New Jersey, in 1989. It only operated for three seasons before being relocated to Six Flags Over Georgia in 1991. It reopened here as Ninja on March 1, 1992. Blue Hawk operates on the spot formerly occupied by Z-Force, an Intamin Space Diver which operated from 1988 until its relocation to Six Flags Magic Mountain under the name of Flashback for the 1992 season.
In 2016, the park announced that Ninja would be refurbished, with the addition of smoother track, new trains with softer vest restraints as opposed to the previous over-the-shoulder harnesses, and a new blue and black paint job. They also announced that the public could decide on a new name. On May 17, 2016, Six Flags Over Georgia announced that Ninja would be renamed to Blue Hawk. The ride reopened on June 9, 2016.
Blue Hawk has a compact layout that features five inversions, one of only two butterfly elements in the world, and several headchoppers. It is built partially over a lake. While at Conko's Party Pier, the ride was painted entirely white with blue trains. When it was relocated to Six Flags Over Georgia, the track was repainted red. The supports were repainted black in 2006. For the 2016 refurbishment, the ride's track was repainted blue.
White track and supports.
Six Flags Over Georgia
Blue track and black supports, used to be red track and black supports, with white supports before that.
Directly out of the station, the train takes a 90-degree turn to the right, drops slightly then takes another right-turn. After cresting the 122 feet tall lift hill, the train dives down to the right and enters the first major element: the butterfly, consisting of two inversions. Exiting the butterfly, the train enters a wide-radius 270-degree curve to the left, setting up the third inversion, a reverse sidewinder.
The train then climbs a gentle slope before making a U-turn to the left and entering the final element, a double corkscrew. After completing the final inversion, the train banks to the left and passes very close to the station and under the reverse sidewinder, then turns right prior to entering the main main brake run. The train exits the brakes and makes a final U-turn to the right to set up the return to the station.
The butterfly element on Ninja.
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