Shock Wave (Six Flags Over Texas)

Roller coaster
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Shock Wave
Shockwave (Six Flags Over Texas) loop.jpg
One of the two vertical loops.
Six Flags Over Texas
Location Arlington, Texas, USA
Coordinates 32°45′32″N 97°04′14″W / 32.758766°N 97.070539°W / 32.758766; -97.070539
Park section Tower
Status Operating since April 22, 1978
Rider height 42 inch minimum
Manufacturer Schwarzkopf
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel
Riders per train 28
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 116 feet
Drop 105 feet
Top speed 60 mph
Length 3600 feet
Inversions 2
Duration 2:00
G-Force 5.9

Shock Wave is a steel roller coaster located at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas, USA. Opened in 1978, the ride is located at the very back edge of the park and can be easily seen from the Interstate Highway 30.


The ride's entrance sign.

When Shock Wave opened on April 22, 1978, it was the tallest complete-circuit roller coaster in the world, at 116 feet tall. It was overtaken only weeks later by the Loch Ness Monster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

While not the fastest, scariest, or most technically advanced ride today, it still is ideal for younger riders looking to go on their first "upside down" roller coaster as well as nostalgics and coaster enthusiasts.

The ride is built on Johnson Creek real estate, and had to temporarily close in the 2004 season because of a flood.[1] Shock Wave was temporarily closed again in early 2008 for an extensive remodeling.

Shock Wave was closed for much of the 2013 season due to an unknown maintenance problem.

In 2016, the ride received virtual reality headgear showing a New Revolution film that many other Six Flags parks received.[2] The virtual reality was discontiued a year later.



Ride experience

After the 116 foot lift hill, a 180-degree right-hand turn with a slight dip follows. The train then goes down the first drop into the back-to-back loops, with peak forces at 5.9 G. The train then travels up a hill into the block brake. The ride then turns right and dives down and back up. The ride then turns left and drops down again. The final element is a hill with a left turn that goes into a 270-degree helix to the right before returning to the station.

Color scheme

Upon opening in 1978, the track and supports were all-white. It was later repainted blue with red supports. Currently, the ride is painted green with blue supports. It received a new coat of paint in 2012 from Baynum Painting.[3]


2 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.


Contrary to popular belief, it was not the first roller coaster to feature back to back vertical loops. That distinction goes to Double Loop at Geauga Lake, which opened in 1977, a year before Shock Wave.


External links

Articles on Six Flags Over Texas