Gurnee, Il - For Centuries, man has dreamed of flying high and soaring like
a Super Hero high above the world below. That dream is now reality. Preparing
for it's 28th season of delivering unique thrills and entertainment, Six Flags
Great America today announces a new thrill that is unlike any other in the
Soaring in the spring of 2003, SUPERMAN - ULTIMATE FLIGHT is the newest
generation of roller coaster providing an unparalleled flying experience for
all to embark on its journey. Based on the DC Comics Super Hero, SUPERMAN, the
World's Greatest Super Hero and a timeless America icon, SUPERMAN - ULTIMATE
FLIGHT'S phenomenal airborne experience will give everyone the opportunity to
soar like a Super Hero and fly freely like never before.
The name SUPERMAN evokes images of freedom and breathtaking flying
adventure," said Jim Wintrode, Six Flag's Great America's general
manager. "SUPERMAN - ULTIMATE FLIGHT combines the world's best roller
coaster technology with man's desire to soar through the air, making it the
most unique ride to come to this area of the country."
The adventure begins the moment passengers board the sleek and colorful,
32-seat train sitting four abreast. The unique seats of this coaster tilt
riders face-first into a flying position before they leave the station, so
that everyone is suspended horizontally from the track above. The
anticipation builds as passengers, secured by specially designed
over-the-shoulder harnesses and lap bars, climb the 109-foot lift hill with
nothing but a bird's eye view below. With arms stretched forward and feet
trailing behind, passengers on SUPERMAN - ULTIMATE LIGHT fly freely like never
before. For almost three minutes, riders sail through sharp dives, high banked
curves and spirals uniquely designed to enhance this flying experience. The
coaster's track is barely visible as riders are transported from a theme park
attraction to the imaginative and limitless experience that comes from soaring
through the sky, creating an experience that no one will ever forget.
The signature feature of SUPERMAN - ULTIMATE FLIGHT comes as riders sail
through the first-ever, 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 feeling of flying.
Rounding out the flight is a surprising 360-degree in-line roll just before
the train enters the station, turning average coaster enthusiasts 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," said Wintrode
SUPERMAN - ULTIMATE FLIGHT's remarkable flight pattern covers more than
2,798-feet, with two sleek trains soaring over virtually invisible track at
speeds greater than 50 mph.
"Our guests expect the best in thrills and entertainment. SUPERMAN -
ULTIMATE FLIGHT perfectly compliments the park's vast and varied coaster
collection," added Wintrode
Six Flags Great America will now boast twelve wide-ranging roller coaster
thrills, including intensely tall and fast, suspended looping, boomerang,
wooden, launching and even child-size thrills. The addition of SUPERMAN -
ULTIMATE FLIGHT enhances the coaster package, now offering guests the ability
SUPERMAN - ULTIMATE FLIGHT will be the park's fourth coaster designed by
Swiss engineers Walter Bolliger and Claude Mabillard, considered by many as
the industry's premierroller coaster manufacturers. Bolliger and Mabillard's
other three Six Flags Great America coasters - Iron Wolf, Raging Bull and
BATMAN THE RIDE - consistently rank among the park's most popular rides.