February 15, 2001
Largo, MD -- The centuries old dream of flying takes on a new twist as Six Flags America announces plans to launch Batwing - an unprecedented thrill-ride development and phenomenal flying roller coaster concept. This sensational airborne experience will be the only one of it's kind on the East Coast and promises mankind the ability to freely fly like never before.
Eighty two years ago, just miles away from Six Flags America in College Park, Maryland, Wilbur Wright taught the first military officers to fly. In 1918, the Federal Government chose Maryland for another important aviation milestone - the first U.S. Postal Air Mail Service. And now, Six Flags gives the nod to Maryland for the new Millennium's first flight of Batwing, the "next generation" of ultimate flying coasters. With the 2001 addition of Batwing, Six Flags America brings the first-hand experience of flying in Batman's own amazing personal vehicle to life.
This major announcement continues to fuel Six Flags America blockbuster launch into the Baltimore / Washington, DC area. Now entering its third season, Six Flags America has introduced an unbelievable five new roller coasters creating a tremendous stable of eight fun and ferocious coasters.
"It seems as if people in this area simply cannot get enough adrenaline, exhilaration and mind-bending thrills," said Janet Porter, Six Flags America Vice President and General Manager. "And, as the world's powerhouse leader in theme park entertainment, we chose to give them this extraordinary new ride which is sure to deliver the extreme experience they are seeking. We absolutely could not think of a better match for this park than Batman and one of his ultra high-tech vehicles...Batwing!"
The Batwing adventure begins as passengers board the sleek, 24-seat train sitting four abreast and facing... backwards. The suspense builds as guests, secured by unique over-the-shoulder and knee harnesses, begin lift-off and an incredible climb 115-foot into the air. Upon approaching the crest of the hill, passengers are gently reclined to a 30-degree angle only to find themselves suddenly facing the sky.
At the pinnacle of this suspenseful ascent the train quickly inverts into a 180-degree twist turning average theme park thrill-seekers into high-flying heroes. Gravity pulls riders snugly against the safety harnesses as the sky disappears and they find themselves flying, face-down; soaring first toward the ground then into the sky.
Batwing's amazing flight pattern covers 3,340 feet of tortuously twisted steel track including eight inversions, corkscrews, twists and horizontal loops. The space-age train reaches speeds of 50 mph but the intense sensations created by the ride's lack of visual obstructions and realistic sensation of flight makes the 2 minute and 20 second ride seem much faster.
Batwing's innovative ride system and incredibly integrated design has earned Netherlands based ride manufacturer, Vekoma International, the industry's coveted title of "Best New Technology Applied to Amusements" awarded by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. According to industry expert and noted author Paul Ruben, "the ride is controlled mayhem a result of flying on one of the wildest rides ever. It's a face-down, head-first, up in the air experience of a lifetime."
"This barrier-breaking attraction pushes the envelope of experience entertainment," said Porter. "Batwing will give Six Flags America guests a full-throttle adventure that they cannot find anywhere else in the Mid-Atlantic."
For those who have always dreamed of flying, the fantasy will finally become a reality at Six Flags America. Batwing, the only flying coaster on the East Coast, will make its historic first flight in May 2001.
Now you can experience the freedom of flight on the phenomenal new flying coaster, Batwing. Defy the laws of gravity as you fly headfirst through eight inversions, twists and corkscrews at more than 50 mph. Leave the bonds of Earth behind and Take Flight on Batwing.
The Batwing adventure begins as passengers board the sleek, 24-seat train sitting four abreast and facing backwards. The suspense builds as guests, secured by unique over-the-shoulder and knee harnesses, ascend to the top of an incredible 115-foot hill. Upon approaching the crest of the hill, passengers are gently reclined to a 30-degree angle only to find themselves suddenly facing the sky.
At the pinnacle of this suspenseful ascent the train quickly inverts into a 180-degree twist - turning average theme park thrill-seekers into high-flying heroes. Gravity pulls riders snugly against the safety harnesses as the sky disappears and they find themselves flying facedown, soaring first toward the ground and then into the sky.
Lift Height: 115 feet
Track Length: 3,340 feet
Inversions: 8 inversions
Speed: 50 m.p.h.
Seating: 4 abreast, 6 rows
Passengers: 24 passengers per train
Ride Time: 2 minutes, 20 seconds
Manufacturer: Vekoma International, The Netherlands
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