Sky Rocket (Kennywood)

Roller coaster in the United States
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Sky Rocket
Location West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, USA
Coordinates 40°23′11″N 79°51′53″W / 40.3863221°N 79.8645966°W / 40.3863221; -79.8645966
Status Operating since June 29, 2010
Replaced Turnpike
Manufacturer Premier Rides
Product Sky Rocket I
Type Steel - Launched
Riders per train 12
Propulsion LSM launch (rolling)
Height 95 feet
Top speed 50 mph
Length 2100 feet
Inversions 3
Drop angle 90°
Duration 1:05

Sky Rocket is a Premier Rides launched roller coaster located at Kennywood in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, USA. Opened in June 2010, the ride occupies the spot formerly held by Turnpike near the entrance to the park.



The roller coaster was revealed in August 2009 around the same time that Turnpike was closed.[1] The attraction was removed to make way for the new roller coaster and while Kennywood claimed it would be reinstalled, it has remained closed. The name Sky Rocket was revealed later that year in December.[2] In January 2010, track pieces arrived at the park.[3] Sky Rocket opened to the public on June 29, 2010 following a press preview the day before.[4]

For the 2017 season, optional virtual reality headsets were added to Sky Rocket, with a $5 extra charge.[5]

The ride was left standing but not operating from May 2018 to July 2019 due to a small electrical fire that damaged many components in the coaster's engine room. Among the damaged components was a generator that was melted down and had to be manufactured in Europe and shipped to the park. It reopened in July 2019 after a year of being closed.[6]


Sky Rocket is the first roller coaster from Premier Rides to feature an LSM launch instead of an LIM launch.


2 trains with 2 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows, for a total of 12 riders per train. The trains are open sided and riders are secured by lap bar restraints.



  1. Getting to Know Kennywood's 2010 Coaster - NewsPlusNotes
  2. Kennywood’s 2010 Coaster Dubbed Sky Rocket - Coaster Critic
  3. "Track finally arrives for Kennywood's Sky Rocket".
  4. Sky Rocket Launches at Kennywood - Coaster101
  5. Virtual Reality Goggles Offer Sky Rocket Riders New Experience At Kennywood - CBS Pittsburgh
  6. "Steel Curtain Reopens After Technical Difficulties".

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