Firehawk

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Firehawk
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Kings Island
Location Mason, Ohio, USA
Coordinates 39°20′34″N 84°15′46″W / 39.342692°N 84.262683°W / 39.342692; -84.262683
Park section X-Base
Status Defunct
Operated May 26, 2007 to October 28, 2018
Replaced by Orion
Geauga Lake
Name X-Flight
Location Aurora, Ohio, USA
Coordinates 41°21′02″N 81°22′47″W / 41.350436°N 81.379825°W / 41.350436; -81.379825
Operated May 26, 2001 to September 17, 2006
Cost $15,000,000
Statistics
Manufacturer Vekoma
Product Flying Dutchman (1018m)
Type Steel - Flying
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
X-Flight 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 Dutchman model built by Vekoma.[1] In addition, the park would be adding a marine life section and would be renamed Six Flags Worlds of Adventure.[2]

X-Flight was going to open on May 5, 2001, but this was delayed to May 26.[3]

In 2004, Six Flags Worlds of Adventure was sold to Cedar Fair due to Six Flags' bankruptcy, and once again became Geauga Lake. Cedar Fair was hoping for Geauga Lake to return to a small family park, and sold many of its rides.[4] Two years later in 2006, X-Flight was removed along with Superman Ultimate Escape.[5] When X-Flight moved to Kings Island, the ride became known as Firehawk. Firehawk opened on May 26, 2007.[6] Later that year, Geauga Lake closed down their amusement park section.[7]

Kings Island began teasing a removal of one of their roller coasters in September 2018 at the start of the Halloween Haunt event.[8] On September 27, 2018, the park announced that Firehawk would be closing permanently on October 28.[9] In its 11-year run at Kings Island, Firehawk accumulated a total of 6.7 million riders. When it closed, the park stated that it had reached the end of its service life, and that replacement parts were very expensive.[10][11] Cedar Fair's vice president, Greg Scheid, stated that they could only get 400 people on the ride per hour, far less than its intended capacity of 1400 riders per hour.[12] It was subsequently torn down for scrap during the 2018-2019 off-season.[13] Firehawk was replaced with the giga coaster Orion, which opened in 2020. The former photo booth was reused as the new coaster's entrance.[14]

Design

Elements

Ride experience

At the start of the ride, riders are put at a face-up position. When the trains depart the station, they turn in the opposite direction. After this, the train makes a left turn and climbs the 115 foot tall chain lift hill. During the lift hill, riders can see other rides. At the top, the train switches to a flying position and dives 103 feet at 50 mph. Then, the train travels through a horseshoe. After this, riders switch to a face-up position, make a right turn and enter a 66 foot tall vertical loop. The train then switches to flying position and travels through some turns. Riders hit a double in-line twist, followed by a helix. After the helix, riders are switched to a face-up position as the train hits the final brake run.

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. The third train became a parts donor for the first two. Some parts of Firehawk's trains are now being used as part donors for Nighthawk at Carowinds.[15]

Images

Geauga Lake

Kings Island

References

  1. "Six Flags Ohio to erect `flying' roller coaster". The Blade. https://web.archive.org/web/20200817225730/https://www.toledoblade.com/Print-Furniture/2001/01/05/Six-Flags-Ohio-to-erect-flying-roller-coaster/stories/200101050033. 
  2. "Six Flags Buys SeaWorld Ohio To Combine Parks". Ultimate Rollercoaster. https://www.ultimaterollercoaster.com/news/archives/january01/stories/011001_01.shtml. 
  3. "New Six Flags roller coaster delayed", News Herald (May 4, 2001), pp. 3. Retrieved on February 28, 2022.
  4. Cedar Fair, L.P. completes acquisition of Six Flags Worlds of Adventure - Amusement Today (Wayback archive)
  5. "'X-Flight' cleared for takeoff from Geauga Lake". https://www.coaster-net.com/news/x-flight-cleared-for-takeoff-from-geauga-lake. 
  6. "Firehawk Flying Roller Coaster To Debut Saturday". Ultimate Rollercoaster. https://www.ultimaterollercoaster.com/news/stories/20070523_01.shtml. 
  7. "Geauga Lake silences rides; water park remains". https://www.mytownneo.com/article/20070930/NEWS/309309531. 
  8. "Vortex or Firehawk? The Kings Island coaster leaving is...". https://www.wcpo.com/money/consumer/dont-waste-your-money/vortex-or-firehawk-the-kings-island-coaster-leaving-is. 
  9. "Kings Island's Firehawk Roller Coaster to Fly Away at the End of 2018 Season". NewsPlusNotes. https://newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2018/09/kings-islands-firehawk-roller-coaster.html. 
  10. "R.I.P. Firehawk". Kings Island. https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2018/september/r.i.p.-firehawk. 
  11. "Say Goodbye To Firehawk". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvQxE-So21o. 
  12. "The Former Roller Coasters of KINGS ISLAND - A History". Theme Park Crazy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4dLVFg7RQk. 
  13. "Demolition Company Shares Views of the Demise of Firehawk at Kings Island". NewsPlusNotes. http://newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2019/01/demolition-company-shares-views-of.html. 
  14. "KINGS ISLAND'S ORION ROLLER COASTER A STORY-DRIVEN ATTRACTION". Kings Island. https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2020/july/kings-islands-orion-roller-coaster-a-story-driven-attraction. 
  15. Stilwell, Andrew (2020-03-05). "Carowinds Off-Season Maintenance Update". Coaster101. https://www.coaster101.com/2020/03/05/carowinds-off-season-maintenance-update/. Retrieved 2022-01-23. 

External links

  • Firehawk on the Roller Coaster DataBase.


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