Hero

Roller coaster
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Hero
Hero entrance.jpg
Flamingo Land
Location UMalton, Yorkshire, England, UK
Status Operating since 16 July 2013
Cost £8,000,000
Rider height 127 cm minimum
Statistics
Manufacturer Zamperla
Product Volare
Type Steel - Flying
Riders per train 4
Hourly capacity 600[1]
Propulsion Spiral lift
Area 48.3 metres × 25 metres
Height 15.2 metres
Top speed 41.4 km/h
Length 391 metres
Inversions 2
G-Force 3.3
[2]HELP
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Hero's lift

Hero is a steel flying roller coaster located at Flamingo Land in Malton, Yorkshire, England, UK. It is a Zamperla Volare model and is the third flying roller coaster in the UK, after Skytrak at Granada Studios and Air at Alton Towers. Although the official opening event with celebrities was on the 25th and 26 July 2013,[3] the ride was open to the public on 16 July 2013. Hero is situated on the spot of the former Wild Mouse.

Design

Elements

The ride has black track and silver supports. The ride is designed to give the impression of flying, and features two barrel roll inversions and numerous tight turns.

The ride uses magnetic brakes.[4]

Layout

After leaving the station, the car enters the spiral lift. On completing the lift, the car passes the block brakes and dips down and back up into a tight 180-degree left-hand turn which leads straight into the first inversion. After going through the barrel roll, the car takes another tight 180-degree turn to the right which leads into a small mid-course brake run. The car then dips and goes up into a 180-degree right-hand turn which is immediately followed by the second inversion. Another 180-degree turn to the left follows. The car then dips before going into another mid-course brake run. A downward turn to the left follows, which leads into a pair of 's-bends', separated by a 180-degree right-hand turn. Another 90-degree turn to the right leads into the final brake run.

Trains

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Single cars. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row, for a total of 4 riders per car.

Incident

On 22 May 2015 a teenage girl was hit by a piece of metal that fell from the coaster. The ride reopened in early June.[5]

References

External links

  • Hero on the Roller Coaster DataBase.


Articles on Flamingo Land