X-Flight at Six Flags Great America. It’s fast. It’s smooth. It’s intense.
I had the opportunity to ride X-Flight today at the media event for the coaster and was blown away by the ride.
X-Flight may not be the tallest or fastest coaster at the park, but its smaller size and unassuming appearance from afar really make the experience even better.
Let’s get started. The coaster dominates the County Fair section of the park. The trees hide the coaster until you’re almost at the coaster. But when you do see it, it’s towering over everything else (except American Eagle!).
The queue line for the ride is situated for the most part underneath the coaster, so guests will have ample opportunity to see the coaster up-close before boarding. The misting effects on various sections of the coaster should also provide some mid-summer relief once the temperatures warm up. From the setup today, it appears as though the line will spit towards the end of the queue, similar to American Eagle’s queue divide.
The control tower room is equipped with two mannequins. At first it looked like real people!
Seen here is the secret ladder leading up to the control tower room. This view will soon be blocked as the queue coverings are added.
The station is rather simple with a tarp-like roof. Although it does look similar to an airplane hanger, I found it to be somewhat temporary looking. Hopefully the cover doesn’t tear or rip easily. Only time will tell.
I found the actual station setup to be very open and, although guests enter and exit on the same side, I don’t think this will cause that much of a delay once the ride opens.
The lift hill seemed much faster than other B&M coasters, although it could just be that the shorter lift hill doesn’t take as long to ascend.
The “each seat provides a different ride experience” statement is especially true when the train maneuvers the first drop. Right-side riders dip down, and left-side riders dip up as the train slowly travels through the twist into the dive drop.
Both sides experience the actual drop of the dive similarly, of course, though, the back few rows of seats are pulled down the drop much faster than the first few front rows.
The zero-G roll and immelman elements are both taken with great speed.
I have a thing for smaller-sized immelmann loops.
They’re incredibly photogenic.
This concrete slab currently furnished with picnic tables provides some great shots of the coaster, including the immelmann. I have a feeling it may become something later down the road.
The turn into the second rollover is very intense, especially for the riders on the right side of the train.
The second rollover as seen from Buccaneer Battle.
The turn taken into the inline twist is not as intense as the turn before the second rollover inversion, but it does provide riders a glimpse of what’s to come: the keyhole through the control tower.
The keyhole makes even the bravest scream and close their eyes. I know it’s all an illusion, but it’s a very terrifying illusion.
The second head/foot chopper element provides a similar effect, only with mist added.
The entire inline twist is taken much quicker than I had imagined.
The helix is small and intense. Very forceful compared to some other tamer B&Ms that I’ve experienced in the past. It’s especially intense for those sitting on the right side of the train.
The entire X-Flight area is beautiful. It’s very open and X-Flight draws your attention.
I cannot thank the Six Flags Great America staff enough for such a spectacular media day. From my great media escort, to the free food, everything was top-notch and every staff member was friendly and helpful. Also on hand at the event were several industry big names, including Mr. Walter Bolliger himself! I have to admit I did feel somewhat star struck when I met him, although he was a joy to talk with.
From talking with some Six Flags officials at the event, I think we’ll be seeing more wing coasters appear at Six Flags parks in the future. I think a wing coaster would make a great addition to any of the other Six Flags parks.
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