Six Flags Over Texas retiring Flashback, Texas Chute Out

Posted | Contributed by ApolloAndy

[Ed. note: The following is a press release. -J]

Six Flags Over Texas is inviting guests to join in and say farewell to Texas Chute Out and Flashback over the Labor Day weekend.

Texas Chute Out opened at the park in 1976 and was modeled after the old parachute drop at Coney Island. More than 29 million riders have travelled up and down the ride’s 200-foot structure. One of the most popular modes of travel on this ride was the basket, which allowed guests to stand in a basket to take in the picturesque skyline. The baskets were removed in 1994 and replaced with the standard chairs. This iconic attraction has been a long time favorite of guests young and old since its opening.

Its neighboring ride, Flashback, opened in 1989. The boomerang-styled coaster was one of the first built in the United States. The corkscrew spiraled layout flips riders upside down a total of six times—three times forward and three times backwards at speeds up to 50 mph. It has thrilled over 17 million park-goers for more than three decades.

Labor Day weekend, park guests are invited to come out and enjoy these rides one last time and join in for the final farewell on Monday, September 3. For more information on Texas Chute and Flashback, visit

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BullGuy's avatar

This boomerang is bound to end up at SFNE.

Never Has Gravity Been So Uplifting.

BullGuy said:

This boomerang is bound to end up at SFNE.

I was thinking the same :D

But loosing a Boomerang is like loosing a single hair from your head. No matter how many hairs you have, that one will not be missed.

For me, it would. And I ain't talkin' boomerangs.

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rollergator's avatar

LOL, I was thinking about Homer Simpson. Losing one hair is 1/3 of his hair...his head would be virtually bald... ;~)

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Sfne has 2 boomerangs already. Rumors point to St Louie.

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bjames's avatar

There will come a time in the distant future when only one or two boomerangs are left. Very distant future.

Bjames, I doubt it. What would half the boardwalk patrons on the east coast have for their patrons to ride?

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staticman00's avatar

So, that begs the important question...what will be replacing them?

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staticman00 said:

...what will be replacing them?

I think it's safe to say at this point that SFGAm's Wing Coaster is a hit for the park. It doesn't take up an excessive amount of land, wasn't built to accommodate terrain, and it's probably the perfect balance of fun and intensity. The day I visited I noticed a lot of people just stopping to watch it- it's a pretty impressive looking ride. I'm thankful that Six Flags didn't try turning Superman: Ultimate Fluff into the next Batman, but I wouldn't be surprised to see more of these starting popping up across the chain. 

Never Has Gravity Been So Uplifting.

Sad to see another parachute ride go, I always enjoyed them. I suspect that high maintenance costs and extremely low capacity helped make the decision scrap this one.

I never rode the parachute ride at Great Adventure. I'm gonna have to suck it up and ride one, just so I don't regret it when they take it down and I can't say I've ridden it.

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LostKause's avatar

Close your eyes...

Now imagine a tower drop ride like you have probably rode before going up, up, up...

EXCEPT what it is holding you up is just a wire, but you can't really see that...

You reach the top, high above the park with some fantastic views. You expect a thrilling, high-speed out-of-your-seat plummet to the ground below...

EXCEPT your fall is calm; steady and slow. It's still thrilling, but not scary thrilling.

You eventually reach the ground after about ten or 15 seconds, what seems like forever.

Now open you eyes. How in the heck did you read that with your eyes closed anyways?

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LostKause said:

You expect a thrilling, high-speed out-of-your-seat plummet to the ground below...

If you were expecting that, you've probably seen video of the old Coney Island Parachute Drop...that thing HAULED down to the bottom and *bounced*...

staticman00 said:

So, that begs the important question...what will be replacing them?

Static, I was curious about that myself. My friend in Ft. Worth was speculating about Six Flags building one of those WindSeeker rides in excess of 300 feet. Im not sure if there is a variance requirement on that since Arlington is relatively close to two airports. I was hoping for a B&M floorless, wing, or flying coaster on that side of the park. There is definitely enough space in that back area near Johnny Rockets and over towards the Judge Roy Scream. Heck, Six Flags could even make a coaster that drops over Judge Roy Scream and goes over the water towards the parking lot. I could ask for something that dives into the water like Anaconda at Kings Dominion, but I dont wanna get toooo excited. Keep your fingers crossed that they dont add something ridiculously lackluster!

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ApolloAndy's avatar

Re: Height Variance
They have S:ToP and Titan, so it can't be that bad.

The plot for flashback and the chute ride isn't that big. It could be big enough to house a station for something that goes over the road alongside Judge Roy or something like that, but it's not nearly big enough to house a B&M itself.

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The park sits around 8 miles from the end of the closest runway. At that point, planes taking off going south from DFW are probably at 5000 feet or higher. There is no issue of height variance at SFOT.

I would say with almost 100% certainty that the park is getting a star flyer of some form. I also wouldn't expect anything to fill in the area currently occupied by Flashback, the old bumper cars building, and the shopping center for 2013.

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