Nighthawk

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Nighthawk
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Carowinds
Location Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Status Operating since March 20, 2004
California's Great America
Name Stealth
Location Santa Clara, California, USA
Operated April 1, 2000 to September 2, 2003
Cost $17,000,000
Replaced by Boomerang Bay
Statistics
Manufacturer Vekoma
Type Steel - Flying
Product Flying Dutchman (843m Prototype)
Riders per train 24
Hourly capacity 1,000
Propulsion Chain lift
Height 115 feet
Top speed 51 mph
Length 2766 feet
Inversions 5
Duration 1:50
G-Force 4.3
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Nighthawk is a Vekoma flying roller coaster located at Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. The ride is one of the two remaining "Flying Dutchman" models in the world.

History

Nighthawk at its original location.

"Project Stealth" was announced on June 22, 1999. It was marketed as the "world's first true flying coaster", however at this point two flying had already been built (Skytrak and Komet). At the time, California's Great America said the official name would be revealed later, however it was never announced.[1]

The ride initially opened on April 1, 2000 as Stealth. A soft opening was held on March 26, 2000.[2]

On August 21, 2003, it was announced that Stealth would be relocated to Carowinds. It closed on September 2, 2003 and was removed to make room for a new water park.

In January 2004, Carowinds announced that the ride would be called BORG Assimilator and have a Star Trek theme.[3] It reopened on March 20, 2004.

After Carowinds was acquired by Cedar Fair in 2006, the name was changed to Nighthawk for the 2008 season. The Star Trek theming would have to be removed as a result.

Design

Elements

Color scheme

When the coaster originally operated at California's Great America as Stealth, it had a white track with a red spine and gray supports. When it moved to Carowinds as BORG Assimilator, the track was repainted black, while the spine was repainted green apple. In 2009, a year after the attraction was renamed Nighthawk, it was repainted with a yellow track and blue supports.

Trains

2 trains with 6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 4 across in a single row, for a total of 24 riders per train.

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