Superman:Krypton Coaster

Saturday, September 11, 2004 4:01 PM
Ok-I checked RCDB and it seems to be the only place I can find S:KC's loop height. However, it seems wrong to me....168' drop with only 114' tall loop?

Dominator and Medusa both show to have larger loops and aren't as tall. (S:KC being the tallest floorless). I've ridden Medusa and S:KC, and S:KC *seems* a lot larger.

I realize this is a completely dork/OSCD question, but its bugging the mess out of me....

Anyone have the answers? IS IT POSSIBLE RCDB IS WRONG?

Saturday, September 11, 2004 5:10 PM
Notice that the top of the lift is above the rock Querry wall. You can see it in this photo. Thats why the drop is bigger.

Hope this helps!

Saturday, September 11, 2004 5:43 PM
^That picture also seems to disprove RCDB as well though. That loop really doesn't look 54 feet shorter.
Saturday, September 11, 2004 5:49 PM
The base of the loop isn't at ground level though. I reckon it's a 114ft loop okay, but it probably starts at 30ft.


Saturday, September 11, 2004 6:24 PM
I'd say Richard is right. Check out this pic!

Is it possible they are counting the superman on the top? *** Edited 9/11/2004 10:25:05 PM UTC by Crashmando***

Saturday, September 11, 2004 6:29 PM
Ok, so-You measure a loops height not from the ground, but from the point it "enters" the loop? And, I wouldn't say thats thirty feet off of the ground...15 maybe...

If you've seen it in person, the loop itself is pretty massive, and the coaster *floats* through it. Medusa seems to float through its loop around the same speed, yet-its a much larger loop in comparison to the drop according to rcdb?

Just seems strange to me.

Saturday, September 11, 2004 9:28 PM
I believe SKC's loop is 145' from the ground to the top, not including "Superman" on top. The 114' figure probably comes into play from where the base of the loops cross to the top.

I have SKC down as 145'.

Sunday, September 12, 2004 1:17 PM
slowmotion, it looks as if the loop is on a raised ledge, not level with the ground by the brakes, which means it probably is 114'.
Sunday, September 12, 2004 3:17 PM
The loop isn't on a raised ledge. It is lower than the brakes actually. The ground below the loop goes under water when we have heavy rains, sometimes the track goes under water also.

There is a large retention pond in the middle of the coaster, and as a result the station and the rest of the park are on higher ground. *** Edited 9/12/2004 7:24:30 PM UTC by sfft_freak***

Tuesday, September 14, 2004 12:15 AM
What is that maintenance man doing on top of that loop?!
Tuesday, September 14, 2004 12:17 AM
I hope you negletced a ;)....
Tuesday, September 14, 2004 6:09 PM

one sided soldier said:
What is that maintenance man doing on top of that loop?!
LMAO. That is no maintenance guy, that is Supermannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.
Tuesday, September 14, 2004 6:47 PM
Are they counting Supermans head as the top of the loop? :>)
Tuesday, September 14, 2004 9:56 PM
I thought I'd replied to this topic before...but I see I was wrong! :)

That loop...OMG...:):) Tennessee Tornado has a LOT of hangtime, several doses of extended *upside-downies*...but that loop on S:KC, it is THE single longest moment of hangtime on ANY coaster I've ridden.

S:KC is my favorite Beemer non-inverted (LOVE those inverts), the cliffside setting is AMAZING, and the coaster utilizes that terrain as well as Anton's finest. The first drop/turn is fan-tastic, the loop, the hilltop helix just *sets up* the drop, I even enjoyed the cobra roll, normally my least favorite element.

As far as the loop, I believe the 145' is the diameter of the loop, not the height....but I could be wrong...;)

The fact that *that park* is so friendly and well-run doesn't hurt a BIT, either...SFFT rocks! :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2004 10:57 AM
That makes no sense, because for the diameter it would have to be completely circular, not clothoid
Wednesday, September 15, 2004 12:29 PM
Shoot, where's my *math-geek programmer guy* when I need him....there's a word for it, but I don't have it at my's generally the *working diameter* of a non-circular ovoid shape.

bill, obviously not that well-versed in calculogeometry...;)

Wednesday, September 15, 2004 1:30 PM
Surprised no one has mentioned that nowhere on RCDB does it give the actual drop height. The ride's height is listed as 168', but the drop looks a bit shorter, to me.

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