Superman: Ride of Steel

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Superman: Ride of Steel
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Six Flags America
Location Upper Marlboro, Maryland, USA
Status Operating since May 13, 2000
Statistics
Manufacturer Intamin
Product Mega Coaster
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Hyper
Riders per train 32
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 197 feet
Drop 205 feet
Top speed 73 mph
Length 5350 feet
Inversions 0
Drop angle 68°
Duration 2:10
HELP

Superman: Ride of Steel is a steel hyper roller coaster located at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, USA. Built by Intamin, it is a mirror-image of Ride of Steel at Six Flags Darien Lake, which opened in 1999.

History

The roller coaster was announced in March 2000.[1] Superman: Ride of Steel opened on May 13, 2000.

In 2004, Superman: Ride of Steel was closed indefinitely when a 55-year-old Connecticut man fell to his death from Superman The Ride at Six Flags New England.[2]

In 2016, the ride received virtual reality headsets which played a Superman-themed film, similarly to other rides in the Six Flags chain.[3]

Superman: Ride of Steel was given a single rider line for the 2022 season.[4]

Design

Elements

Theming

The font used on the ride implies a vague tie-in to Superman: The Animated Series, which was popular round the time of the ride's opening.

Colour scheme

Red track and blue supports.

Ride experience

Once the train has been dispatched from the station, it makes a winding, 180-degree turn. The train ascends 197 feet up the chain lift hill and then drops 205 feet at an angle of 68 degrees. The train reaches the maximum speed of 73 mph before entering a sharp turn and the first hill. A 540-degree helix follows, in addition to another smaller hill. The finale involves a 500-degree helix and several more airtime hills before reaching the brake run and returning to the station.

Trains

2 trains with 8 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 32 riders per train.

Images

References

External links


Articles on Six Flags America
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