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Flight of Fear (Kings Island)

Flight of Fear (Kings Island)

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Flight of Fear
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Kings Island
Location Kings Mills, Ohio, USA
Status Operating since June 18, 1996
Statistics
Manufacturer Premier Rides
Type Steel - Enclosed - Launched
Model / product Catapult Coaster
Riders per train 20
Hourly capacity 2,000
Propulsion LIM-launch
Height74.2 feet
Top speed54 mph
Length2705 feet
Inversions4
Duration1:00
G-force4.5 g
HELP
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Flight of Fear (formerly The Outer Limits: Flight of Fear) is an enclosed launched roller coaster located at Kings Island in Kings Mills, Ohio, USA. There is an identical copy of this ride located at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia.

The ride was designed by Premier Rides and was the first roller coaster to use a launch system driven by linear induction motors. This technology has now been used on many Premier installations. The ride was originally themed to the '90s TV show The Outer Limits, but the license expired in 2001 as Paramount sold it. That same year, the shoulder restraints were taken out and were replaced by lap bars, because of roughness. It was originally intended to be Kings Island's answer to The Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror as both shows had the same concept, both rides are indoor and even the names of the rides are similar.

Design[edit | edit source]

Elements

Ride experience[edit | edit source]

Flight of Fear begins when an LIM launch catapults the train from 0-54 mph in 4 seconds, straight into a large room filled with multi-colored lights and speakers that play music. The riders flip into a cobra roll, then a sidewinder. The train makes a right curve, followed by a double left turn. After that, riders hit the block brake. The train slowly dives into a left spiral. After the spiral, riders go through a right turn. The train hits the ground, going through a few turns. Riders head into the last inversion, which is a corkscrew just before hitting the final brake run. An alien can be seen before the train hits the unloading area.

Trains[edit | edit source]

4 trains with 5 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 20 riders per train.

Flight of Fear originally had four trains with six cars each. Today only two of these trains seem to ever operate simultaneously with only five cars each.

Incident[edit | edit source]

On June 2, 2014, smoke was given off from an overheating motor, causing the ride to be shutdown. Eighteen people were exposed to thick smoke, two of which were treated at the scene. The ride was reopened the following day.[1][2]

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