On May 21, 2005 Six Flags Great Adventure introduced Kingda Ka, the tallest, fastest roller coaster on the planet to the public. This $25-million Swiss designed "rocket coaster" uses hydraulic motors to launch the trains along a horizontal section of track from zero to 128 mph in an impressive 3.5 seconds! The trains then begins a vertical ascent up a steel tower that peaks at 456 feet or 45 stories. Crossing over the apex the train enters a vertical descent plunging through a 270-degree spiral twist again reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph. Kingda Ka offers one final surprise before the brake run, a 129-foot tall camelback hill, that offers plenty of negative G's also known fondly as "airtime".
|2005||Steel||Launched, Out and Back||Intamin AG|
|Height: 456 feet||Drop: 418 feet|
|Angle Of Descent: 90 degrees||Top Speed: 128 mph|
|Length: 3,118 feet||Launch: Hydraulic|
|Trains: 4 - 18 passenger||Ride Time: 50 seconds|
Elements: 90 degree twist on ascent and 270 degree spiral on descent, plus a 129-foot camelback hill
Side-by-side dual loading station with switch track allows four trains to load and unload at once.
Train has five cars with two rows each, seating two abreast per row, except the last car which has only one row.
Ride capacity: 1,400 passengers per hour
Height requirement: Riders must be at least 54 inches tall
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