Stealth at Great America

Friday, October 19, 2001 1:36 PM
I was just looking at some pictuers of this ride and it looks awsome.  It reminds me of X, how you can be above or below the track.  If anyone reading this has ever been on this ride, what do you think of it? 
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Friday, October 19, 2001 1:41 PM
It's the world's first flying coaster or 'Flying Dutchman' as the manufacturer Vekoma calls it. Stealth opened in the 2000 season at Paramount's Great America in Santa Clara, CA (in the Silicon Valley). The $17 million prototype led to the slightly design altered X-Flight (SF Worlds of Adventure) and Batwing (SF America). The Flying Dutchman innovation sparked for B&M's interest to build 2002's AIR.

*** This post was edited by kRaXLeRidAh on 10/19/2001. ***

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Friday, October 19, 2001 1:50 PM
Wow, how long has it been since someone mentioned Stealth? Say what you want, the ride still has the coolest name of all three Vekoma flyers.
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Friday, October 19, 2001 3:34 PM
Stealth is a fun ride, not very great, but fun.  I enjoy it as a coaster.  I won't wait longer than 20 minutes for it, since I've been on it enough, but it's worth it if you haven't been on it.  Batwing on the other hand, now that's a different story.  It's not too much different than Stealth, but it is in so many ways.  The ending is much better and has some great g-forces, and I love the inline-twists a lot better than Stealth's corkscrews.  Plus the location makes for a better ride imo.  So, to answer your question, Stealth is fun, but I prefer Batwing any day of the week.  :)
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Friday, October 19, 2001 3:37 PM
You think Batwing sitting over a grass field is better than Stealth's location partly over a lagoon?!?! Oh well, to each his own TM. Anyway, I do agree that the ride of Batwing is slightly better. Both are different than anything I have ever experienced, and I walked away form both laughing.
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Friday, October 19, 2001 4:00 PM
I really like Stealth's close encounters with the log flume. I find it hard not to like Stealth at all.
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Friday, October 19, 2001 4:27 PM
Stealth is a good coaster, not quite a B&M, but good. Its best while riding in the front, especially in the loop! It feels like your falling all the way through it!
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Friday, October 19, 2001 5:06 PM
I do like X Flight better than Stealth though Stealth is still a good ride. I didn't think the corkscrews were all that great, felt more like over extended inline twists. It is in a better location. It's cool riding the log ride while Stealth flies above and around you at the same time.

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Friday, October 19, 2001 5:16 PM
@ X-Factor,

 

                    I totally agree that X-flight is far superior.  But I also love the name Stealth!!  It is evidently a unique experience!!  U will never be on something quite like this.  That is until B&M unleashes thier version.  We all know B&M.........................'nuff said!!!!

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Friday, October 19, 2001 6:00 PM
And by the way, B&M is not following Vekoma. AT and B&M have been developing AIR for 7 (+?) years.
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Friday, October 19, 2001 7:19 PM
I rode Stealth earlier this summer and I thought it was just okay. It seemed a little rough, not head-banging rough, though, it just seemed to rattle a lot. I thought those dives over the tin roofs were awesome, very surprising and very scary.
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Friday, October 19, 2001 8:29 PM
Stealth was a great ride for a prototype, but I agree that Vekoma improved the ride considerably with X-Flight and Batwing (which some would say are identical, but setting means alot to me and Batwing had the better location)...too bad the waits were SO much wose.
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Friday, October 19, 2001 9:49 PM
Screamer's right, the tin roofs catch you off-guard on your first ride. It made me scream from pure fear (and I don't do that much on roller coasters).

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Friday, October 19, 2001 10:21 PM
It breaks down a whole HECK of a lot. Otherwise it's a cool ride. And I don't think I have a preference as to whether you ride front or back or anything. You're never really looking directly in front or back but just out. I have never been in a line as short as 20 minutes for this ride but I'm sure there are better days than the ones I've gone.

Have you noticed that if you look to one of the seats to your side you can unzip the seat cover from the seat? Or can you? It sure looks that way. I've tugged at them a bit and they sure move a great deal.

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Saturday, October 20, 2001 4:38 AM

Mormoc said:

Have you noticed that if you look to one of the seats to your side you can unzip the seat cover from the seat? Or can you? It sure looks that way. I've tugged at them a bit and they sure move a great deal.
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I noticed that when I rode Batwing. I Did not tug at it though.

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Saturday, October 20, 2001 7:57 AM
Stelth hasn't been braking down nearly as much this year and has had no long down time. I think Stelth's experience might be better than that of X Flights and Batwing, becuse Stelth is always 2 trains and this year they have figured to the ride out so the dispatch times are much faster. Stelth's local is awesome! That dive over the lug Flume roof is the best chooper effect I have experienced! You can't see it ahead so you can't really cringe to get out of the way. Stelth's queue is very nice if it is not to hot outside also.

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Saturday, October 20, 2001 2:12 PM

saviourmachine said:
You think Batwing sitting over a grass field is better than Stealth's location partly over a lagoon?!?! Oh well, to each his own TM. Anyway, I do agree that the ride of Batwing is slightly better. Both are different than anything I have ever experienced, and I walked away form both laughing.

I like Batwing being out near the woods with trees and grass to look at, along with S:ROS.  Not like Stealth where you've got dirt, water and PGA's boneyard to look at.   Oh, and the log flume.  ;)  Plus, my first and only experience on Batwing was at night during PPP weekend when Fright Fest was running.  All the pyrotechnics going off near the Gotham area were creating an awesome fog effect over both S:ROS and Batwing.  Plus it was so dark all I could see were footers and track running by, nothing more!  Simply incredible.  I've been on Stealth so many times at night and I've never experienced that kind of ride before.  That's why I like Batwing better.  :)

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