Six Flags Great America announces Superman: Ultimate Flight

Posted Wednesday, February 5, 2003 4:36 AM | Contributed by beast7369

Six Flags Great America finally announced their new B&M flyer for 2003, which to no surprise is called Superman: Ultimate Flight. The ride is similar to the one at Six Flags Over Georgia.

Read more from The Daily Herald.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2003 4:42 AM
ApolloAndy's avatar I still don't understand how they're claiming the only flyer in the mid-west.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2003 4:47 AM
If I can reference a section of the article:

"Storey said the new ride will be landscaped and use the Superman colors. This should be a relief to coaster junkies who were upset that Shockwave was built on the Great America's parking lot and never given a "theme."

"There will be a lot of Superman themes surrounding the ride, as well as on the ride itself," she said. "The riders will not be flying over pavement, as was the case with Shockwave. That whole area is going to be enhanced to make it look better."

All I can say is Thank You! How long have we been screaming for this to come true.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2003 4:55 AM
Mamoosh's avatar Andy - it's a game of semantics.

Explanation A: B&M Flyer....Vekoma Flying Dutchman. Technically it *is* the only flyer in the midwest.

Explanation B: The park considers SFWoA to be in the east, not midwest.

But really it doesn't matter. Who but enthusiasts would be so picky as to point that out anyway? Or even care, for that matter?

Moosh [anti-semantic]

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Wednesday, February 5, 2003 4:59 AM
Mamoosh's avatar This caught my eye:

"Storey said the seats will tilt after the cars leave the station, putting riders into a face-down 'flying' position and suspending riders horizontally over the ground."

I thought at SFOG the seats tilted *in* the station. Is that so? If so, then something about the design and operation of the Flyer has changed, correct?

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Wednesday, February 5, 2003 5:01 AM
'Moosh, I am with you. I have seen Ohio considered part of the East region more often than part of the Midwest. In fact, at my firm, Ohio is in the East region, too.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2003 5:10 AM
Moosh, I noticed that too about the tilting. Could just be stated wrong but I guess we will have to wait and see come opening day.

I'm also glad they said it will be "themed" and not just pavement. Though flying really close to the ground with the "parking lines" still painted would add that "sense of speed" that they are going with on TTD.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2003 5:56 AM
Well now that the big four have all announced their "new toys" it's about time for the smaller parks to make their statements as well.

About S:UF tilting after dispatch they probably just borrowed that line from one of the VFD announcements back in 01,I doubt that B&M would make such a change to the rides operating system without first testing it & remeber even though it's B&M it could still have problems.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2003 5:59 AM
Well, if this were true, I hope that they tilt back to sitting position on the transfer track b/c laying there at SFoG for 5 minutes isn't very comfy.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2003 6:14 AM
Cool, I hope Orleans Place doesn't suffer the same fate as Yankee Harbor.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2003 7:19 AM
I'm just happy I'll get a chance to ride two flyers this year!! :) Of course, they'll be clones of the one in Georgia, but I don't care. The ride looks awesome anyway!

Justin

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Wednesday, February 5, 2003 7:34 AM
While tilting in the station looks cool, I think that would be an excellent idea to modify the system. Just hanging in the flying position is not terribly comfortable.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2003 7:56 AM
yea it is (lol) on air at alton towers i could fall asleep in one of those seats, those nice padded vesty harnesses make it the most comfortable i'v ever been in

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Wednesday, February 5, 2003 9:59 AM
At least on the VFD you're not left hanging so to speak should a blocking problem occur leaving your train stranded on the brakerun so all of your weight isn't on the restraints.

The trade off for this however is that you're stuck staring straight up at the sun,which is in no way a pleasent experience after about 5 or 10 minutes.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2003 10:17 AM
Its finaly nice to have a B&M flyer close to home :)!

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Wednesday, February 5, 2003 10:32 AM
I don't know how SFOG is setup but if you notice the long stretch of track leading to the lift. Could this section of track be a transition to switch to the flying position?

http://groups.msn.com/SFGAM2003Construction/sfgam2003.msnw?action=ShowPhoto&PhotoID=143

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Wednesday, February 5, 2003 10:50 AM
As wonderful as all this tilting thing sounds.. I highly doubt that it would tilt after the station.

If it were true, which I do kind of hope so, just becuase of the novelty of it all, but it would be kind of odd... I guess i've just become acustom to the thought that when you are standing in line watching the coaster train depart the station, I guess, it would be odd to see it go out upright.

I think since it's a clone that it most likly would follow the SFOG superman.

Im not a good writer*nor a good spell for that fact*, so if you didnt understand me, i'll sum it up... I think if the SFGAm cars were to be tilted after the station, it would look odd and out of place. What would the point be to tilt them right before the chain lift... unless it tilted at the TOP of the chain lift... which would be pretty cool idea... but basically, i doubt it would be true.

I might be wrong though...

I look foward to finding out what the REAL way would be!!! :) I'm really exited.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2003 11:13 AM
Ohio is part of the Midwest, always has been, check just about any map. But who cares anyways...

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Wednesday, February 5, 2003 12:12 PM
While Ohio is traditionaly part of the midwest, Great America cleary does not consider it to be. For years, much of their more detailed advertising has proclaimed such things as "The Midwest's premier theme-park destination," and "The most roller coasters in the Midwest." Both of these statements can be proved false by hard data, if you compare them to CP. Whether Great America is right to do this or not is something you'll have to decide for yourself (but don't count on them changing their tune anytime soon).

I would be highly surprised if the seats tilt anywhere but the station, especially on the lift hill. From a video or two I've watched, it looks like large beams come down from the cieling, pressing the top of the seats down/forward, which levers the rest of the seats up into the flying position. This would be both difficult and ineficient to do anywhere else.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2003 12:20 PM
The unique seats of this coaster tilt riders face-first into a flying position before they leave the station, so that everyone is suspended horizontally from the track above.

As from this article:

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/030205/cgw007_1.html

which also quotes Jim Wintrode.

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