Hypersonic's peak reaches to Virginia sky in new photos

Posted Wednesday, January 10, 2001 10:43 AM | Contributed by Jeff

That sweet S&S lovin' is coming your way in Virginia. Paramount's Kings Dominion has released new photos of their zero-to-80 mph in a hurry masterpiece, Hypersonic XLC. If you haven't been playing at home, the ride is the first production air-launched vertical coaster from S&S Power, famous for their tower rides.

Feel the warm sun from the official Kings Dominion site.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2001 10:45 AM
Jeff's avatar That settles it. I'll be swinging through Virginia again this summer!

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Jeff
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Wednesday, January 10, 2001 10:53 AM
I wish it didn't have such an early pull out of the drop, but it looks stunning otherwise. PGA you lost out!

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Wednesday, January 10, 2001 11:02 AM
Jeff, drop a line when you swing this way! Anyway, I have a series of questions

1. Why are there TWO red columns? I thought they would only need one for the launch up. Is there a launch down too?

2. What is the dark spot underneath the crown of the hill? Could those be breaks of booster wheels?

3. Does that look like a camera hanging off the side of the crest?

T.I.A.
jeremy
--This is no longer a vacation. It's a quest; a quest for fun!
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Wednesday, January 10, 2001 11:06 AM
SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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"DONT FIGHT IT, RIDE IT",,,,RAGING BULL
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Wednesday, January 10, 2001 11:12 AM
DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUDE! THAT'S TOTALLY SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!

Dustijn
-who thought "Dude, Where's My Car?" was hilarious


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Wednesday, January 10, 2001 11:25 AM
That looks like one kick*** ride!

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Millennium Force all the way!
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Wednesday, January 10, 2001 11:26 AM
Soggy's avatar Holy Smokes!! Can you imigane the casual coaster riders in the Virginia area faces when they arrive for thir annual trip to PKD. Jaws are gonna drop!!

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"X" marks the spot in 2001!
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Wednesday, January 10, 2001 11:29 AM
168 days until July 17th!!! I'm there!

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There's nothing like a woodie...
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Wednesday, January 10, 2001 11:33 AM
Mamoosh's avatar Regarding that thing sticking up at the crest that looks like a camera...I'm betting its a wind gauge.

Matthew
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Wednesday, January 10, 2001 11:50 AM
I have a PKD pass, and I'm aiming for opening weekend :)


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--Greg

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Wednesday, January 10, 2001 12:02 PM
Have Mercy! Does PKD actually think the GP is gonna ride that! I'll be counting the days...

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Wednesday, January 10, 2001 12:07 PM
Looks great. may have to stop by while I am at BGW this summer. great quality photos, and that logo is nice. but why do they always have to add swooshes to everything.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2001 12:40 PM
The ride is comming along nicely. I am definitely going to PKD this summer! The one thing I noticed is that there's not a very long verticle time on the tower. I guess that's due to the fact they made the radius of the horizontal to verticle piece larger. But it's still gonna be a killer ride.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2001 1:32 PM
it looks really exciting.how tall is it?
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Wednesday, January 10, 2001 1:46 PM
john peck's avatar For some reason, I had always thought it was going to run more along the ground...

Still, it looks great! I wonder where they are going to relocate the Flyers to..
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Wednesday, January 10, 2001 1:48 PM
All I can say is I'm SURE glad that my fiancee (then she'll be my wife ;)) said we could stop off in Doswell in August on our East Coaster tour. Hypersonic here we come!! Peace. :)

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Wednesday, January 10, 2001 1:48 PM
It looks awfully short lengthwise and timewise. Even shorter than Volcano. And remember the lines for Volcano the first season? I'm still going to make the 2 1/2 hour trip to Doswell to ride it though.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2001 1:48 PM
2Hoystl said:
"1. Why are there TWO red columns? I thought they would only need one for the launch up. Is there a launch down too?

2. What is the dark spot underneath the crown of the hill? Could those be breaks of booster wheels? "
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1. I would think that the red columns are either structural or decorative. The reason is I'm almost 100% sure that there is no thrust on either side of the tower. Video I've seen of this when it was in Utah (or wherever S&S is) looked like all the acceleration occurs while you are on the ground, just like Superman:TE at SFMM. Once you start to make the ascent you are just under the influence of gravity. (Anyone know anything conflicting, or is this right?)

2. I would assume those dark things might be anti-rollbacks., There MUST be some form of anti-rollback on the ascent tower. Anyone kow for sure?

-Peabody *** This post was edited by Peabody on 1/10/2001. ***
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Wednesday, January 10, 2001 2:13 PM
Peabody, where is this video you are talking about? All I've seen is the animation from the PKD website. Also, don't the red columns have something to do with the compressed air? If I happen to be right, I don't think the placement is really important. It wouldn't indicate a downward launch. If somebody can correct me on this, please do!

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