Firehawk

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Firehawk
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Kings Island
Location Mason, Ohio, USA
Status Defunct
Operated May 26, 2007 to October 28, 2018
Replaced by Orion
Geauga Lake
Location Aurora, Ohio, USA
Operated May 26, 2001 to September 17, 2006
Cost $15,000,000
Statistics
Manufacturer Vekoma
Type Steel - Flying
Product Flying Dutchman (1018m)
Riders per train 24
Hourly capacity 1,430
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 115 feet
Drop 103 feet
Top speed 50 mph
Length 3340 feet
Inversions 5
Duration 2:10
G-Force 4.3
HELP
The roller coaster at Geauga Lake in 2004

Firehawk was a steel flying roller coaster located at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, USA. The ride originally operated at Geauga Lake as X-Flight from 2001 to 2006.

The ride was a Flying Dutchman installation from Vekoma. It was a clone of Batwing at Six Flags America.

History

On January 4, 2001, Six Flags Ohio announced that X-Flight would be added to the park. It would be a flying roller coaster built by Vekoma.[1] In addition, the park would be adding a marine life section and renamed Six Flags Worlds of Adventure.

X-Flight was going to open on May 5, 2001, but was delayed to May 26.

In 2006, two years after the park was sold to Cedar Fair and renamed Geauga Lake, X-Flight was removed along with Steel Venom. This was because Cedar Fair was hoping Geauga Lake to return to a small family park. When it moved to Kings Island, the ride became Firehawk. Firehawk opened on May 26, 2007. Later that year, Geauga Lake closed down the amusement park section.[2]

On September 27, 2018, Kings Island announced that Firehawk would be closing permanently on October 28.[3][4] It was subsequently demolished.[5] Firehawk was replaced with the giga coaster Orion, which opened in 2020.

Design

Elements

Color scheme

When the coaster originally operated at Geauga Lake as X-Flight, it had a light green track and gray supports. When it moved to Kings Island as Firehawk, it was repainted with a red track.

Trains

2 trains with 6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 4 across in a single row, for a total of 24 riders per train. One train was red and the other was yellow. Originally, there were three trains during the ride's first year at Geauga Lake, however, only two had been used since. The third train became a parts donor for the first two. After Firehawk closed, some parts of the trains are now being used as part donors for Nighthawk at Carowinds.

Gallery

Geauga Lake

Kings Island

References

External links

  • Firehawk on the Roller Coaster DataBase.