12 story high rollercoaster coming to Six Flags in Gurnee

February 7, 2012 by  

Construction of a new state-of-the-art “X-Flight” rollercoaster at Six Flags theme park in Gurnee is moving along at a fast pace just like the ride itself, thanks to the recent mild weather. The high point of the 12 story rollercoaster, which actually looks more like an airplane, was installed in January. The state-of the-art rollercoaster was designed for the thrill seeking patron and not for the fainthearted.

X-Flight daredevils will be taken on a gravity defying flight. Sitting in pairs, riders are suspended on either side of the track with their feet hanging in mid-air. After a 12 story climb, passengers are quickly launched into a 55 mph speed as they travel through 3,000 feet of extreme drops and five inversions.

The climax of the adrenaline-producing ride is a fly-through, during which time the racing rollercoaster heads directly toward a structure when it makes a sudden vertical flip just in time to squeeze through a keyhole-shaped opening.

Six Flags in Gurnee is the first of the theme parks 19 locations to announce plans for the X-Flight rollercoaster.

“We are thrilled to bring this revolutionary wing coaster to our guests for the 2012 season”, said Hank Salemi, Six Flags Great America Park President.

More information on X-Flight including a video of the ride is available online at www.sixflags.com/2012news. Six Flags letterhead produced by stationery printers may be used by the theme park as part of a promotional package to provide detailed information about the X-Flight as it prepares for its May debut.

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with parks in the U.S., Mexico and Canada.