Ninja (Six Flags St. Louis)

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Ninja
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The sidewinder element
Six Flags St. Louis
Location Eureka, Missouri, USA
Status Operating since April 8, 1989
Statistics
Manufacturer Vekoma
Product Custom MK-1200
Builder Arrow Dynamics
Designer / calculations Ron Toomer
Type Steel
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 108.3 feet
Drop 80 feet
Top speed 54.7 mph
Length 2430 feet
Inversions 4
Duration 2:00
Rolling stock
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Riders per train 28
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Ninja is a steel roller coaster located at Six Flags St. Louis in Eureka, Missouri, USA. It previously operated at Expo '86 in Canada as Scream Machine during the 1986 season.[1] Ninja formerly shared its name with Blue Hawk at Six Flags Over Georgia. Another coaster with the same still exists, but that is an Arrow Dynamics suspended coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

History

Originally known as Scream Machine, this ride first opened at Expo '86 in 1986. Construction was originally started by Arrow Dynamics, but the company fell into bankruptcy, so the ride was sold to and finished by Vekoma. Scream Machine opened on May 2, 1986 and closed on October 13, 1986.

In 1988, it was announced that Scream Machine would be relocated to Six Flags St. Louis as Ninja.[2] Ninja opened at its current location on April 8, 1989.

In 2016, the ride received virtual reality headgear showing a New Revolution film that many other Six Flags parks received.[3]

Design

Elements

Color scheme

Ninja had a red track with white supports. In 1998, the track was repainted black.

Ride experience

Riders are held in with hard, rubber over-the-shoulder harnesses. The ride's layout begins with a left turn out of the station, and then riders climb the 108 foot tall lift hill. Riders turn right, and descend an 80 foot drop into a vertical loop, and then a sidewinder. Coming out of the sidewinder, there is a headchopper moment with the lift hill chain right above riders' heads. Riders then glide into a turnaround before hitting the mid-course brakes. After that, riders turn right, into the double corkscrew element. Another turnaround follows, then a close-to-the-ground left turn, before hitting the final brakes.

Trains

3 trains with 7 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 28 riders per train.

The trains are from Arrow Dynamics.

Images

References

External links

  • Ninja on the Roller Coaster DataBase.


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