Six Flags New England gets approval for 385-foot Star Flyer

Posted Tuesday, July 31, 2012 9:54 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The Agawam Zoning Board of Appeals voted unanimously Monday to grant the special permit Six Flags New England needs to build the highest swing-set ride in the world at its amusement park on Main Street. The amusement park wants to build a 385-foot-tall swing set ride to be called the “Star Flyer.” It would replace the park’s “Sky Coaster” ride.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 1:17 PM
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I wonder if we'll see a 400 foot Star Flyer at SFMM too.


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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 3:16 PM

sirloindude said:

bunky666 said:

...how much of a temperature and climate difference there can be between the base and the top of the hill.

You mean like high 80s at the bottom and near-blizzard conditions at the top?

Hahaha! Thank you for that...I needed the laugh. No, not that drastic, but I noticed on MF that at the bottom of the lift, it was warm and dry in the mid to high 70's. At the top of the hill, it was about 10 degrees cooler, foggy, and so humid it felt like it was drizzling. I've noticed the difference on Kingda Ka too.


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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 7:32 PM
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Maverick00 said:

I wonder if we'll see a 400 foot Star Flyer at SFMM too.

You mean like if they put a traditional wave swinger on top of the superman tower and then had an elevator to get up there? ;)


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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 7:36 PM

Mmmm...three rides on one structure. I'm digging that.


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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 7:37 PM
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Mike Gallagher said:

The view from GAdv's StarFlyer is nice...the only problem is you can't see the hotel.

Even worse is that you can see New Jersey.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 10:20 PM
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Mike Gallagher said:

Mmmm...three rides on one structure. I'm digging that.

Ever been to the Stratosphere? ;)


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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 11:57 PM
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^Given what coasters in TTD's and KK's height range are referred to as being, any one of us who has been on them has been to the stratosphere. ;)

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Thursday, August 2, 2012 5:11 PM
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Oooh I'd hate to get stuck up top!


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Thursday, August 2, 2012 10:53 PM

That's what she said...


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Sunday, August 5, 2012 9:44 PM

SFNE has submitted plans for another attraction for 2013 and it will be voted on at the next town meeting!

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Monday, August 6, 2012 8:12 AM
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They'll be taking Six Flags over Texas' sit down boomerang so they can have a complete set of Vekoma boomerangs. Sit Down, Inverted, and Giant Inverted. ;)

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012 9:19 PM

Well no. They would then have two sit downs and a giant inverted then..

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012 10:29 PM
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My mistake. I looked at rcdb and mistakingly thought that Mind Eraser was the boomerang at new england which is listed as an invert. Had I clicked it, I would have seen it's an SLC. Mind Eraser is what they called it at Geauga lake.


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Wednesday, August 8, 2012 12:22 PM
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It was Serial Thriller at Geauga Lake. I actually rather enjoyed it there. The location was great.


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Wednesday, August 8, 2012 12:34 PM
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The SLC was serial thriller. The boomerang was Mind Eraser. That's why I was confused. I have no problem with the recycled names. I just wish they were more consistent.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012 12:47 PM

I never rode it as Serial Thriller, but I always thought that was pretty cool name. I thought Geauga's sit-down boomerang was Head Spin. Tht's what mine is doing now...I'm so confused.


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Wednesday, August 8, 2012 12:52 PM
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It was Head Spin after Cedar Fair rebranded it.


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Wednesday, August 8, 2012 5:31 PM
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Ah, I forgot that the Boomerang was Mind Eraser. Good grief, all these recyclyed names get confusing. Which one is Goliath? Is it the go-kart track? ;)


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Wednesday, August 8, 2012 5:37 PM

385-foot Starflyer? I might need to screw my courage up to ride that. There's a big difference, experience-wise and psychologically, between a Starflyer and a Windseeker with fixed arms.


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Wednesday, August 8, 2012 6:20 PM

Because on the Windseeker, the support arm is behind you where you can't see it, while on the Star Flyer you can actually hold on to all six (or is it eight?) suspension chains if you like?

Note also that on Windseeker, the rigid suspension arm is necessarily attached with a single pin at each end. There is a single bolt at each end of the Star Flyer chains, but there are six (or is it eight?) chains, each of which is strong enough to hold the seat.

I just don't get why the Star Flyer would be more frightening than Windseeker. Okay, so Windseeker has molded seats and big honkin' lap bars while the Star Flyer is more like a Yo-Yo seat. But neither ride is actively trying to throw you off, and in fact, of the two, Windseeker is the one that could be mechanically capable of generating a force that could unseat you.

Thing is, it seems to me that Windseeker is the one that should be more frightening. Because frankly, there is not that much difference between 301 feet and 385 feet. I wouldn't want to plummet from either one.

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