Python (Six Flags America)

Roller coaster in the United States
Watch the on-ride POV
Adventure World
Location Upper Marlboro, Maryland, USA
Status Defunct
Operated 1993 to 1998
Six Flags Great Adventure
Name Lightnin' Loops
Location Jackson, New Jersey, USA
Operated 18 July 1978 to 1992
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Product Launched Loop
Type Steel - Launched - Shuttle
Track layout Shuttle loop
Propulsion 2 electric winch launches
Height 56 feet
Drop 47 feet
Top speed 45 mph
Length 635 feet
Track inversions 1
Rider inversions 2
Duration 1:06
G-Force 4

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Python was a roller coaster at Adventure World in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, USA.


Lightnin' Loops opened at Six Flags Great Adventure in 1978. The attraction consisted of two separate roller coasters with interlocking loops. The upper loop (this article) closed in 1992 and was relocated to Six Flags America, where it operated through 1998. The bottom loop closed in 1987 and was later relocated to Frontier City, where it is now known as Diamond Back.



Color scheme

Blue track and supports. The ride used to feature yellow track with black rails and yellow supports. It had white track with blue rails and white supports at Great Adventure.


Single train with 6 cars. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 24 riders per train.


On June 17, 1987, 19-year-old Karen Brown was killed after falling from the ride. An investigation by the State Labor Department concluded that the ride itself was operating properly, but that the ride operator started the ride without having made sure that all of the passengers were secured by the safety harnesses. The Department's Office of Safety Compliance further concluded that the accident would not have occurred had proper procedures been followed.

The park was found to be in violation of the Carnival/Amusement Ride Safety Act and was subsequently charged with the maximum state fines of $1,000. The ride was reopened on Saturday, October 10, 1987, with the permission of the Labor Department, but was eventually dismantled and relocated to a different park.[1]


  1. "U.S. Roller Coaster Fatalities (1972-1997)".

External links

  • Python on the Roller Coaster DataBase.

Articles on Six Flags America
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