Posted Sunday, February 25, 2001 6:57 PM | Contributed by ShiveringTim
X-flight is taking flight with vertical construction beginning this past week. As of Friday, the structure for the lift and first inversion are in place, and most of the lift track is set. Check the photos.
UPDATE: Additional photos have been added detailing more progress.
Boy at least they have begun to start building up at SFWoA. At Six Flags Great America they are at least one month behind on construction. According to a physics teacher who works at Great America testing the rides, the snow made it imposible to put the cement in the ground when they first planned. So as of now don't expect the both roller coasters open on opening day.
Look at Thrillride or Screamscape and look at Batwing's layout at SFA. X-Flight should have the same layout. That way instead of guessing about the similarities and/or differences to Stealth you can see for yourself and be educated.
I've been taking pictures of the site everyweekend since they announced, and I'll continue to do so.
To address the other questions/comments. Yes, it's in the parking lot. Yes, the station will be near SUE and the Go Carts. Yes, this will be better than Stealth because it's only 18 miles away vs 3000 miles (and I have ridden Stealth) :)
Care to elaborate on what "bad stuff" you're referring to?
As for myself, I will be riding the first Dutchman in about 27 days for the first time. I can't wait to actually have an opinion on the ride! And I should be there for X-F opening too, I really cannot wait.
Anyone drive by today (2-24-01) and can post a report? Or do they even construct on weekends?
------------- Millennium is spelled with two N's ;)
Last year, with the three new coasters, the kiddie coaster, and the major construction, they worked 7 days a week, sometimes through the night.
With X-Flight going so fast, and not much else being done (except connecting the parks, which I doubt will be done until April, when the ground isn't frozen) they may not have to work weekends this offseason. I don't know, though.