Rattler (Six Flags Fiesta Texas)

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Rattler
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Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Location San Antonio, Texas, USA
Status Defunct
Operated March 14, 1992 to August 4, 2012
Replaced by Iron Rattler
Statistics
Manufacturer Roller Coaster Corporation of America
Designer / calculations John Pierce
Type Wooden - Terrain
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 179.6 feet
Drop 124 feet
Top speed 65 mph
Length 5080 feet
Inversions 0
Drop angle 61.4°
Rolling stock
Manufacturer Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters
Riders per train 20
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Rattler was a wooden terrain roller coaster located at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, Texas, USA. It was built by the Roller Coaster Corporation of America in 1992.

When it opened, it was the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world with a 166 foot first drop. The coaster's original plans never called for such a large first drop, but construction of Cedar Point's Mean Streak, which had a 155 foot drop, prompted the hasty design change. As a result, the ride had very rough transitions and many riders complained of rib, back pain, or worse.[1] Over the four years following the ride's opening, it was reprofiled in some way each year. The ride's drop was eventually shortened by 42 feet and the end result was a 124 foot drop.

History

Rattler opened with the park on March 14, 1992.

In July 2012, Six Flags Fiesta Texas announced that Rattler would close in August.

Design

Trains

5 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 20 riders per train.

References

External Links

  • Rattler on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
Tallest wooden roller coaster
March 1992 - May 2000
Preceded by
Mean Streak
Tallest wooden roller coaster
March 1992 - May 2000
Succeeded by
Son of Beast
Tallest wooden roller coaster drop
March 1992 - 1990s
Preceded by
Mean Streak
Tallest wooden roller coaster drop
March 1992 - 1990s
Succeeded by
Mean Streak
Fastest wooden roller coaster
March 1992 – 1990s
Preceded by
American Eagle
Fastest wooden roller coaster
March 1992 – 1990s
Succeeded by
American Eagle


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