Now taking off from Six Flags Great America: X Flight
Published: May 10, 2012 at 9:28 PM
"X Flight is unlike any other coaster in the world" said Great America President Hank Salemi. "Soaring through 3,000 feet of twisted steel with no track above or below you is an amazing experience."
X Flight joins the other 13 coasters of Great America, greatly increasing the span and thrills of the park. Here's video of the opening ceremony:
X Flight is one of the first coasters of its kind in the United States - a Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Coaster, which means that there is no track above or below the rider. The guests are seated in pairs on the left and right side of the car, hanging over the sides of the track, which allows guests to feel as if they are flying though the air. The attraction begins with a 12-story drop and various inversions, and a breathtaking vertical flip though the keyhole in the control tower. Check out the closeup video.
I got to ride this roller coaster in all four possible seats (inside and outside). No matter where you sit, you are in the front seat of thrills since there is literally nothing around you while riding this roller coaster. I found the right hand side to be a bit more thrilling because it gets closer to the small lake on the attraction, which is rigged with spray fountains as if the coaster is hitting the water.
There are many parts of this attraction that have guests either at a 90-degree angle or completely traveling upside down. I can’t recall another roller coaster that does this so often and so well. One of the bigger complaints by Theme Park Insider readers about Six Flags Great America has been the lack of scenery surrounding its roller coasters. This changes on X Flight with themed buildings, lakes, and soon-to-be impressive landscaping.
This coaster actually reminded me of another Six Flags Great America coaster: X Flight's Bolliger & Mabillard cousin, Raging Bull. X Flight is a very smooth ride that is like Raging Bull, except it inverts. I also was reminded of Disney's Soarin' - except the smells and wind are real. I was greatly impressed by this attraction and I predict it will be a very popular roller coaster for this season. If you happen to be in the Chicagoland area, stop by and ride this soon-to-be classic.