When it opened in 1984, XLR-8 became the world's first successful suspended roller coaster. XLR-8 was a second generation suspended coaster from Arrow Dynamics. The first generation suspended coaster, The Bat at Paramount's Kings Island, was built a few years earlier, but failed due to design flaws. XLR-8 sends riders seated in cars hanging from the steel track through a series of dives and swooping turns which send the cars swinging in each direction.
|1984||Steel||Suspended Freeform||Arrow Dynamics|
|Height: 81 feet||Drop: 52 feet|
|Top Speed: 45 mph||Length: 2,990 feet|
|Trains: 2 - 28 passenger||Ride Time: 3 minutes|
October 30, 2005 - XLR-8 ends its run at Six Flags Astroworld when the park closes its gates forever.
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