Sky Loop


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Inversions:2
Roller Coasters:11
See also:Banana Roll, Batwing, Bent Cuban Eight, Block Brake, Bowtie, Butterfly, Cobra Loop, Cobra Roll, Compressed Air Launch, Corkscrew, Cutback, Demonic Knot, Dive Drop, Dive Loop, Diving Turn, Double Corkscrew, Double Dip, Double Heartline Roll, Double In-Line Twist, Electric Spiral Lift, Electric Winch Launch, Elevator Lift, Fly To Lie, Flying Snake Dive, Flywheel Launch, Heartline Roll, Helix, Hill, Horseshoe, Hydraulic Launch, Immelmann, Inclined Dive Loop, Inclined Loop, In-Line Twist, Inside Raven Turn, Interlocking Corkscrews, Jr. Immelmann, Lie To Fly, Lift Hill, LIM Launch, Loop, LSM Launch, Non Inverting Loop, Norwegian Loop, Outside Raven Turn, Over-Banked Turn, Pretzel Knot, Pretzel Loop, Quad Heartline Roll, Reverse Sidewinder, Roll Out, Roll Over, Saxophone, Scorpion Tail, Sidewinder, Spiral Lift, Splashdown, Stengel Dive, Stinger Curve, Stinger Lift, Tire Propelled Launch, Tongue, Top Hat - Inside, Top Hat - Outside, Trick Track, Triple Corkscrew, Triple Dip, Triple Heartline Roll, Tunnel, Turntable, Twisted Horseshoe Roll, Vertical Drop Track, Vertical Lift Hill, Vertical Spiral, Weight Drop Launch, Wraparound Corkscrew, Zero-G Roll, Zero-G Stall
Etymology:"Sky Loop" is an unofficial name used to describe this rather unique set of inversions used only on Maurer Söhne X-Car-Coaster models to date.
Description:From the side the "Sky Loop" looks like a giant not-so-round vertical loop.  The lift hill, known as a "Humpty Bump Lift", is integrated into this element.  The lift pulls the train from a horizontal position up a tower vertically.  The train is then pulled "beyond vertical", until it is upside-down and nearly above the starting point.  This makes the lift ½ of the first inversion.  The train then proceeds through a twist called a "360° Corkscrew" by Maurer Söhne.  This twist resembles a Heartline Roll, but the train enters this twist while upside-down -- making it an upside-down Heartline Roll. At the twist's halfway point the train will be right-side-up.  This point is considered the division of the two "Sky Loop" inversions.  Proceeding through the second half of the twist, the train once again returns to an upside-down position completing 1 ½ inversions.  The last ½ inversion is essentially the second half of a traditional vertical loop.  The "Sky Loop" ends either back at the station or parallel to it if the ride consists of more than just a "Sky Loop".
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