Flying Coaster

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General
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Status In production
First installation Galactica (2002)
Latest installation Flying Dinosaur (2016)
Statistics
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard

The Flying Coaster is a type of flying roller coaster designed by Bolliger & Mabillard.

History

A view of the restraint system

The first installation, Air (now called Galactica) opened in 2002, two years after Vekoma's first Flying Dutchman installation opened.

Design

The station and lift hill are inverted and thus riders face towards the ground while climbing the lift. This is the inverse of Vekoma's Flying Dutchman, which has riders facing towards the sky while climbing the lift hill.

Some Flying Coaster installations, including the first two to open, have a dual station. This is due to the flying-style trains taking longer to load than standard trains.

Nine out of eleven Flying Coaster installations have a pretzel loop. This double-inversion was invented by Bolliger & Mabillard and remains exclusive to their roller coasters.

Trains

Riders board in a standard, seated position. When all restraints are secured the seats are tilted backwards, leaving riders in a flying position facing downwards. Each row seats four riders.

Riders are held in by vest harnesses and shin restraints.

Installations

Name Amusement Park Country Layout Opened Status
Galactica Alton Towers
UK
Custom March 16, 2002 Operating
Superman Ultimate Flight Six Flags Over Georgia
USA
Superman April 6, 2002 Operating
Superman Ultimate Flight Six Flags Great Adventure
USA
Superman April 17, 2003 Operating
Superman Ultimate Flight Six Flags Great America
USA
Superman May 3, 2003 Operating
Crystal Wing Happy Valley (Beijing)
China
Superman July 9, 2006 Operating
Tatsu Six Flags Magic Mountain
USA
Custom May 13, 2006 Operating
Manta SeaWorld Orlando
USA
Manta May 22, 2009 Operating
Starry Sky Ripper Joyland
China
Custom April 30, 2011 Operating
Acrobat Nagashima Spa Land
Japan
Manta July 18, 2015 Operating
Harpy Xishuangbanna Theme Park
China
Custom September 26, 2015 Operating
Flying Dinosaur Universal Studios Japan
Japan
Custom March 18, 2016 Operating