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.
Six Flags America is really two parks in one! Featuring more than 100 thrilling rides, shows and attractions plus the popular Paradise Island Water Park – all for one low admission - Six Flags America truly has something for everyone. The park’s ultimate Spring Preview party is set for April 11-16 (closed Easter Sunday) and weekends only through May 24. Summer slides into full swing with daily park operation beginning May 24 and continuing through August 26 plus weekends in September. For exact operating dates and hours visit sixflags.com/america. Six Flags America is located 15 minutes east of Washington, DC and 40 minutes south of Baltimore, Maryland.
Six Flags America is owned by Six Flags, Inc., the world’s largest regional theme park company with 38 parks, including parks in the United States, Latin America and Europe. Six Flags parks serve 20 of the 25 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. The parks annually host approximately 50 million guests worldwide. A publicly held corporation with corporate offices in New York and Oklahoma City, the company’s stock trades on the NYSE under the symbol: PKS.
Paradise Island Water Park open seasonally.
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