Flying Dutchman (product)

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Flying Dutchman
Nighthawk overhead.jpg
Nighthawk at Carowinds.
Status Discontinued
Statistics
Manufacturer
 Vekoma, Netherlands
Type Steel - Flying
Batwing at Six Flags America.

The Flying Dutchman is a series of steel flying roller coasters produced by Vekoma. It was the first flying roller coaster to offer inversions and the first to feature trains capable of seating multiple people.

On July 18, 2009, Stingray opened at Giant Wheel Park of Suzhou. It was a new compact flying roller coaster built by Vekoma that varied greatly from the Flying Dutchman. Stingray closed September 10, 2018.

Vekoma opened their new launched flying roller coaster concept, F.L.Y., at Phantasialand on September 17, 2020. It differs vastly from the Flying Dutchman.

Of the three Flying Dutchmen built, only Batwing operates at its original location.

Design

Both the 840 metreprototype and the 1,018 metre one feature the same elements, except for the final two inversions and the fly to lie element: the prototype model featured the fly to lie before the double corkscrew, whereas the 1,018 metre one has a double in-line twist before a 540° helix, and then the fly to lie element.

Installations

Name Amusement park Location Model Opened Status
Batwing Six Flags America
Upper Marlboro, Maryland, USA
1018m June 16, 2001 Operating
Firehawk

Formerly X-Flight

Kings Island

Geauga Lake

Mason, Ohio, USA

Aurora, Ohio, USA

1018m May 26, 2007

May 26, 2001

Closed October 28, 2018

Closed 2006

Nighthawk

Formerly Stealth and BORG Assimilator

Carowinds

California's Great America

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Santa Clara, California, USA

843m Prototype March 20, 2004

April 1, 2000

Operating

Closed September 2, 2003

References


* Vekoma models