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roller coaster
Nighthawk overhead.jpg
Location Fort Mill, South Carolina, USA
Status Operating since March 20, 2004
Manufacturer Vekoma
Type Steel - Flying
Model / product Flying Dutchman (843m Prototype)
Riders per train 24
Hourly capacity 1,000
Propulsion Chain lift
Height115 feet
Top speed51 mph
Length2,766 feet

Nighthawk is a Vekoma flying roller coaster located at Carowinds in Fort Mill, South Carolina, USA. The ride is one of only three "Flying Dutchman" models in the world.

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"Project Stealth" was announced on June 22, 2002. It was marketed as the "world's first true flying coaster", however at this point two flying had already been built (Skytrak and Komet). At the time, the park said the official name would be revealed later, however it was never announced.[1]

The ride initially opened on April 1, 2000 at California's Great America (then called Paramount's Great America). It was called Stealth. It closed on September 2, 2003 and was removed to make room for a new water park.

The roller coaster was sent to Carowinds (at the time also owned by the Paramount company). In January 2004, Carowinds announced that the ride would be called BORG Assimilator and have a Star Trek theme.[2] It reopened on March 20, 2004. For 2008, the name was changed to Nighthawk.

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