Thrust Air 2000 Coaster

Thursday, July 25, 2002 3:30 PM
Did anyone get to ride teh one at Stan Checketts plant? It was on October 19, 1999. Incidentally my birthday. It had about 140 feet of vertical time on each side. Only two people went on the train even though the train was ful size. Also it was using shoulder restraints.

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Sean

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 3:44 PM
i wish. too bad hypersonic's vertical drop isnt as long as the vertical ascent.
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Thursday, July 25, 2002 4:38 PM
In case you don't know, the same coaster (slightly altered) is what is at PKD right now. (Hypersonic XLC)

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- Peabody

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 5:03 PM
Ya I did. I wish the vertical accent and descent were longer verticallly.

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-Sean
In 4 Days My 100th Coaster will be HyperSonic XLC

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 9:06 PM
Peabody, the only pieces from the prototype on Hypersonic are the two towers with the red air chambers. The original has to have been the best version I've seen. It's the only one with signifigant droppage. Hypersonics vertical drop is only 5-10ft and Dodonpa doesn't even have a vertical drop. I wish I could've ridden it. =(

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"This time I think ... I think it's ... it's going to work!" - Dr.Bruce Banner

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 9:16 PM

No, more than just the the supports/storage tanks were reused. The descent track was majorily altered of course, but the ascent is almost the same as before. Let's not forget the launch track/mechanism, parts of the prototype train, etc.

As for Dodonpa, it has vertical track on both sides for a couple of meters. It's there....I took about 3 rolls of pictures of Dodonpa.

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- Peabody

*** This post was edited by Peabody on 7/26/2002. ***

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 9:19 PM
I've seen pictures of two people on it but wondered why the rest of the train wasn't full. The Thrust Air in pictures also looks taller than Hypersonic and Dodonpa.

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If you like Wicked Twister in the back, does that mean you like to get screwed in the rear?

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Thursday, July 25, 2002 10:08 PM
the reason Hypersonic XLC doesnt have that much vertical droppage is because PKD worked with the S&S engineers to make XLC "fit" on the area that they put it on, so instead of having it drop to the ground and and having to remove all of the games and what not that are underneath it, they sheared off 35 feet from the drop so that people could walk under the ride. Its still an awesome drop even if it is only vertical for a few meters.
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Friday, July 26, 2002 2:27 AM
I believe Bob Coker of ThrillRide fame got to ride the original one. I'm sure the review he wrote is in his new book, so if you want to know what it was like, find out from the best!

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So what if the best coaster in Australia is a second hand Arrow?

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Friday, July 26, 2002 6:11 PM

But i think that they need realize that it is cheating us out of the drop, the drop is one of the things that give TA2K models their uniquness.

why dont any of the models give the same decent like the original. they could have at least took it underground. its cool to walk under, it could be cool to walk over as well and cooler to ride`

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Friday, July 26, 2002 6:24 PM
does the cylinders in the towers have anything to do with how the trains are launched?
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Friday, July 26, 2002 6:33 PM

Yes, those are the air storage tanks where air is held to be delivered to the shot tanks.

As far as why the drop isn't vertical, you can thank/blame the parks for that. S&S only builds what the parks ask for. I'm sure Stan would love to build one with a huge vertical drop.

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- Peabody

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Friday, July 26, 2002 9:47 PM
Actually, in one of my coaster books, it says that They made the made the radius of the drop curve bigger, so that is why the drop after it isn't so long. If you look at the prototype pics, they show the drop curve to be very small. They did that for Hypersonic but I don't know about Dodonpa.

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If you like Wicked Twister in the back, does that mean you like to get screwed in the rear?

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