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Flying roller coaster

Flying roller coaster

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Riders are positioned in a face-down position underneath the track.

First Installation

Skytrak (1997)

Oldest in Operation

Batwing (2001)

Newest Installation

Flying Dinosaur (2016)


Bolliger & Mabillard - Vekoma - Zamperla

A flying roller coaster is a type of a roller coaster with cars designed to simulate the sensations of flight. Riders travel in a lying-down position roughly parallel to the track. Flying roller coasters come in a variety of sizes and designs depending on the intended demographic for the ride. Some flying roller coasters are intended for children and, thus, are relatively slow and gentle; others are meant for older children and adults and can be very fast and intense.

History[edit | edit source]

The world's first flying roller coaster was Skytrak, built in Manchester, United Kingdom at Granada Studios in 1997. Skytrak used a single-passenger car. Riders would climb into the car in much the same fashion as climbing a ladder, then the car would be raised up to the track before being dispatched. The single-passenger design kept the ride's capacity low, at only 240 riders per hour. The park, and Skytrak itself, were short-lived, both closing in 1998, but nevertheless the ride was the first of its kind.

Vekoma expanded upon the flying roller coaster concept by developing a higher capacity variant which could deliver a more flexible layout. Six Flags America opened Batwing in 2001, the first of only three installations of Vekoma's Flying Dutchman model. Riders enter one of two loading platforms in the duel station, allowing for three trains to operate at once, with one train completing the layout whilst the other two load and offload riders, increasing capacity. Batwing's trains also feature six cars of four rows, allowing for a maximum of 24 riders per train, further increasing capacity. To bring riders into a flying position, the train is boarded as if a traditional sit-down roller coaster. Once the train is cleared for dispatch, the car pivots backwards from the base of the seats until it is roughly parallel to the track, placing riders on their back. Immediately following the lift hill, riders undergo a lie to fly to achieve the prone position before experiencing a horseshoe, a fly to lie, a vertical loop, another lie to fly, two in-line twists, a helix and a final fly to lie before being halted by the final brake run.

Installations[edit | edit source]

Name Amusement park Manufacturer Opened Status
Skytrak Granada Studios Skytrak International October 1997 Closed 1998
Komet Encounter Zone Select Contracts 1998 Closed 2005
Batwing Six Flags America Vekoma June 16, 2001 Operating
Galactica Alton Towers Bolliger & Mabillard March 16, 2002 Operating
Superman Ultimate Flight Six Flags Over Georgia Bolliger & Mabillard 2002 Operating
Superman Ultimate Flight Six Flags Great Adventure Bolliger & Mabillard 2003 Operating
Superman Ultimate Flight Six Flags Great America Bolliger & Mabillard 2003 Operating
Hexenbesen Seilbahnen Thale Wiegand 2003 Operating
Formerly Stealth
California's Great America

Closed 2003
Flying Coaster Genting Theme Park Zamperla 2004 Operating
Super Flight Playland Zamperla 2004 Operating
Time Warp Canada's Wonderland Zamperla 2004 Operating
Volare Wurstelprater Zamperla 2004 Operating
Trombi Särkänniemi Zamperla 2005 Operating
Tatsu Six Flags Magic Mountain Bolliger & Mabillard 2006 Operating
Crystal Wing Happy Valley Bolliger & Mabillard 2006 Operating
Flying Coaster Genting Highlands Outdoor Theme Park Zamperla 2006 Operating
Formerly X-Flight
Kings Island
Geauga Lake

Closed 2006
Manta SeaWorld Orlando Bolliger & Mabillard 2009 Operating
Stingray Giant Wheel Park of Suzhou Vekoma 2009 Operating
Soarin' Eagle
Formerly Flying Coaster
Elitch Gardens Zamperla 2011
Closed 2007
Sky Scrapper World Joyland Bolliger & Mabillard 2011 Operating
Hero Flamingo Land Zamperla 2013 Operating
Harpy Xishuangbanna Theme Park Bolliger & Mabillard 2015 Operating
unknown Ankapark Zamperla 2018 Under construction