X-Flight unveiled to media

Posted Thursday, May 24, 2001 4:21 AM | Contributed by Gemini

X-Flight, the second installation of a Vekoma Flying Dutchman, was on display for the media. The ride brought mixed reviews from interviewees of The Sandusky Register.

Read the story on The Register's site.

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Thursday, May 24, 2001 4:41 AM
Well, would you be able to ride X-Flight over and over non-stop? Hence the mixed reviews. For those who've ridden it, what are the in-line twists like? Lots of negative-G forces or what?

Anyone ridden both X-Flight and Stealth and how do they compare?
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Thursday, May 24, 2001 4:54 AM
I went yesterday, and they were testing it in the afternoon. I dont know about riding it over and over, because i got 15 laps straight on Villian and my legs are gone.
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Thursday, May 24, 2001 5:41 AM
I have riden both Stealth and X-Flight and X-Flight is better. There is more "flying" time on X-Flight. It pulls a lot of G's through the loop and helix. Because you are lying down facing the ground most of the time, you really don't notice negative G's in the in-line twists, but that's the best part of the ride. It was definately running faster Tuesday than last Thursday and Friday.

joey isch is right, if you want to marathon ride it, you better be in shape. I rode it eight times last Thursday for the commercial shoot and 11 times on Tuesday for Media Day (along with 5 laps on BKF and 1 on Serial Thriller) and my legs still felt like jello yesterday. Plus I have bruises under my left arm (if you have wide shoulders, this shouldn't happen, I'm only 5'4" and weigh 115 lbs.)

It is intense and a totally different feeling and even though it's hard to this the first time you ride, let yourself relax into the restraints. It's much more enjoyable and that's what this is all about. The more you ride it, the more you like it.
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Thursday, May 24, 2001 7:07 AM
Jeff's avatar That wasn't the glowing happy kind of coverage that you want though. Someone is going to get a memo. :)

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Thursday, May 24, 2001 10:22 AM
Can't blame Vekoma, they gave the park pretty much what they asked for...
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Thursday, May 24, 2001 12:09 PM
I rode it 8 times w/ out getting off on media day. How you ask? I'm on the X-Flight crew. They had me come in to ride, well not really but thats what i ended up doing. The inline twists are sweet, if your not expecting them they really mess you up. Lots of G's on the loop and helix too. I can see why its not an outside loop, you'll die! Just Kidding.

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Thursday, May 24, 2001 12:29 PM
Mixed reviews? How can you have mixed reviews if you only quote one person? Not only did they quote only person, who I do recognize was an ACEer, the paper suggests he tried to compare it to the Millennium Force. Talk about apples and oranges. Even then, the only bad thing he said was that he couldn't tolerate the g's from riding it over and over.
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Friday, May 25, 2001 7:36 PM
Does anyone know the actual G-force of X-flight? I have heard rumors its above a 5 but highly doubt it. The only coaster i have been on to have 5 g's was PKI's Face off. It was disorienting but it didn't last for a while. Going into the loop backwards (face to the sky) would be preety disorienting in itself!
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Monday, May 28, 2001 7:32 AM
so is x-flight open to the public??
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