Flight Deck (California's Great America)

Roller coaster in the United States
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Flight Deck
California's Great America
Location Santa Clara, California, USA
Coordinates 37°23′53″N 121°58′18″W / 37.398095°N 121.971726°W / 37.398095; -121.971726
Park section Orleans Place
Status Operating since March 19, 1993
Rider height 54 inch minimum
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Inverted
Riders per train 28
Hourly capacity 1,380
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 102 feet
Drop 91 feet
Top speed 50 mph
Length 2260 feet
Inversions 3
Duration 2:26

Flight Deck is a steel inverted roller coaster located at California's Great America in Santa Clara, California, USA. Opened in 1993, this ride was the second inverted roller coaster built by Swiss company Bolliger & Mabillard, the first being Batman The Ride at Six Flags Great America.


The ride opened on March 19, 1993 as Top Gun. For the 2008 season, it was renamed Flight Deck.

For the 2021 season, Flight Deck's queue line was upgraded. Fans would now remember the little details from the Top Gun version, with sets designed to look like the interior of an aircraft carrier and props on the outside like rotating radar dishes. Officials took advantage of the long off-season to restore of these little vignettes and once again set the scene of a working aircraft carrier.[1]



Color scheme

For the 2014 season, the ride was repainted with red track and white supports.[2] Previously, it was painted all black.


2 trains with 7 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 4 across in a single row, for a total of 28 riders per train.



  1. "8 New Things You'll Find In California's Great America When it Opens". Coaster101. May 14, 2021. Retrieved January 19, 2022.
  2. "Flight Deck Repaint! - The Coaster Kings".

External links

Articles on California's Great America