A quick recap… Superman: Ultimate Flight at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.

Exactly one year ago yesterday, Superman: Ultimate Flight opened at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, CA. The ride stands at 150 feet tall (Vallejo’s city limit) and reaches a top speed of 62 miles per hour.  The ride has only one inversion, although it is often mistaken for 2 due to its feature known as a non inverted loop.

Notice the non-inverting looping, and the amazing compact track layout.
Notice the non-inverting looping, and the amazing compact track layout.

Superman: Ultimate Flight replaced pandemonium, which had replaced Zonga before that. On July 29th 2012, the rides train stalled at the top of the track, standing 12 riders there for 2 hours, until they were excited by Vallejo fire fighters. None of the riders were injured.

After the train got released from the top, the train was slowly and safely lowered back to the station in order to release the riders. In the off season before 2013, the park installed an evacuation platform in case this incident may occur again.
After the train got released from the top, the train was slowly and safely lowered back to the station in order to release the riders. In the off season before 2013, the park installed an evacuation platform in case this incident may occur again.

The ride is a fun and unique experience with some crazy G’s including amazing ‘ejector-airtime’ which is pretty rare in CA. When the riders sit in the 12 seat train, the short but powerful ride is about to start. With only lap-bars to hold you, even the first short launch feels powerful. The first launch will bring you up the first tower before the track spirals. Then the train rolls backwards into the backwards launch speeding through the station op the non-inverting looping. The train then slows down, and plummets back to earth to launch through the station once again, reaching it’s full speed of 62 MPH. The train will then shoot up 90 degrees into the sky while rotating a 180 degrees until it slows down on 150 ft. When sitting in the front row you’ll experience some crazy ‘ejector-airtime’ before you’ll slowly invert through the barrel-roll on a 150 ft high. The train will then slow down once again, before it plummets down 90 degrees while again rotating a 180 degrees diving right up into the non-inverting looping that brings you back to the station. The ride slows down an does a little hop up the first tower, and then brings you back to the station slowly The most amazing thing about this ride is that it does all these unique things in a very short period of time. If you have a chance to ride it, you definitely should because there is nothing out there like this!

'Ejector-airtime' while diving straight down and rotating a 180 degrees, this sure is a unique ride.
‘Ejector-airtime’ while diving straight down and rotating a 180 degrees, this sure is a unique ride.

 

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