January 22, 2002
Atlanta, GA -- Celebrating 35 seasons, Six Flags Over Georgia, announces an astonishing, next-generation roller coaster of epic proportions, Superman Ultimate Flight, the South's only flying roller coaster. Based on the DC Comics Super Hero, Superman, the world's greatest Super Hero and a timeless American icon, soars to new heights with Superman Ultimate Flight.
"Known throughout the world for delivering non-stop thrills and entertainment, Six Flags Over Georgia exemplifies the Six Flags world-wide brand," noted Gary Story, president of Six Flags, Inc. "The unveiling of Superman Ultimate Flight kicks-off the park's 35th season, completing the collection of ride experiences and truly transforming Six Flags Over Georgia into the super park of the South."
The addition of Superman Ultimate Flight follows an already unprecedented 2001 season when Six Flags unveiled not one, but two 200-foot tall thrill rides, literally towering over suburban Atlanta. Superman Ultimate Flight'S strong stature and phenomenal airborne experience promises mere mortals the opportunity to soar like super heroes and fly freely like never before.
"The name Superman evokes images of wildly thrilling entertainment and excitement of heroic size," said vice president and general manager John Odum. "Superman Ultimate Flight combines the world's best high tech ride elements with an exclusive high-flying twist making it the most unique roller coaster to hit this region."
The Superman Ultimate Flight adventure begins as passengers board the sleek, 28-seat train sitting four abreast. As the train exits the station, passengers tilt face-first into flying position, suspended from the track above. The anticipation builds as passengers, secured by specially designed over-the-shoulder harnesses and lap bars, climb the 115-foot lift hill with nothing but a bird's eye view below. Upon take-off, the ride enters a series of sharp dives, high-banked curves and spirals uniquely designed to enhance the flying experience.
The signature feature of Superman Ultimate Flight comes as riders sail through the first-ever, 78-foot, pretzel-shaped inverted loop, climbing to the top of the large looping figure and diving into a curve which brings them amazingly close to the ground, amplifying the sensational feelings of flying.
Rounding out the flight is a surprising 360 degree in-line roll just before the train enters the station, turning average thrill-seekers into high-flying super heroes. "Superman Ultimate Flight's innovative design system and state-of-the-art technology make it a must ride for every theme park enthusiast," added Odum.
Superman Ultimate Flight's remarkable flight pattern covers more than 2759-feet of tortuously twisted steel track reaching speeds of 60 mph. As passengers take flight in the space-age train, the track above is virtually invisible creating an intense sensation that makes the nearly three minute ride seem much, much faster.
"Our guests expect the best in thrills and entertainment. Following the 2001 success of two colossal-size rides like Deja Vu and Acrophobia, Superman Ultimate Flight is the perfect compliment to the park's super-size coaster collection," added Odum. "Superman Ultimate Flight stamps Six Flags Over Georgia's place on the map as the thrill ride capital of the South."
The addition of Superman Ultimate Flight brings Six Flags Over Georgia's roller coaster tally to an outstanding nine — offering guests a plethora of intense roller coaster experiences, now including the ability to fly!!
Six Flags Over Georgia opened its gates in May of 1967 as the world's second regional theme park, following the grand opening success of Six Flags Over Texas in 1961. The brainchild of Texas oilman, Angus Wynne, Jr., Six Flags was a huge triumph pioneering such innovations as one-price tickets, Broadway-style live productions and world-class rides like the first triple looping roller coaster, the Mind Bender.
To celebrate a season filled with thrills, fun and excitement, Six Flags Over Georgia is stacking up festivities for the whole family to enjoy like nightly celebrations, electrifying live shows, commemorative collectibles and the opening of Superman Ultimate Flight, the most unique ride in the park's 35-year history.
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