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January 14, 2005

Six Flags Completes Tallest, Fastest Roller Coaster On Earth

Topping Off Kingda Ka Roller Coaster
A crane lowers in the final piece of track on the 456-foot tall Kingda Ka roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure.
Kingda Ka Roller Coaster, Tallest, Fastest in World
When Kingda Ka debuts this spring it will be the tallest, fastest roller coaster in the world.

Jackson, NJ -- Six Flags Great Adventure "topped off" (placed the apex, or top piece of steel track) the massive, 456-foot-tall tower of Kingda Ka - the tallest, fastest roller coaster on earth.

An enormous crane, towering more than 500 feet in the air, hoisted the final piece of steel track into place, completing the record-breaking roller coaster tower yesterday.

Kingda Ka's tower stands 151 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty and dwarfs London's Big Ben.

Kingda Ka will shatter existing world records for speed and height, launching from 0 to 128 mph in 3.5 seconds, and reaching a maximum height of 456 feet. It is the cornerstone of the new Golden Kingdom, an 11-acre mythical jungle also featuring the Temple of the Tiger show and exhibit; Balin's Jungleland, an elaborate, new children's area; plus a plethora of exotic creatures, and new shopping and dining facilities.

Photos courtesy of Six Flags Great Adventure. All rights reserved.

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