Monday, January 30, 2012

X-Flight Reaches High Point at Six Flags Great America

Another new for 2012 coaster has reached its highest point, this time X-Flight at Six Flags Great America.  The ride recently reached its 12 story apex and the park was there to document the occasion.  The new Bolliger and Mabillard Wing Coaster will suspend riders on the outside of the track, with nothing above or below them.

With the lift hill already constructed, crews loaded the apex and started hoisting it up to the top.  Immediately following X-Flight's lift hill is a 180 degree inversion followed by a plummet toward the ground.

X-Flight features a striking red track and black support color scheme, which as shown above really stands out on a crisp winter day.  You can also see the supports for the first drop/inversion combination already in place.

After plenty of heavy lifting the tallest piece was slowly loaded into place, then secured.  X-Flight features 3,000 feet of track and five inversions during its course.  Six Flags Great America has also shared some video of the occasion:

X-Flight at Six Flags Great America has a planned opening of May 2012.

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