X-Flight-Six-Flags-Great-America-Roller-CoasterChicago area theme park Six Flags Great America recently announced their 2012 roller coaster, X-Flight. The Bolliger & Mabillard designed roller coaster will feature a new seating system where riders sit on either side of the track instead of on top or below it. With a more open riding experience and no place to hide, X-Flight will be the first of its kind in the United States. B&M debuted this new design with last year’s Raptor at Gardaland in Italy.
Here’s a video previewing Six Flags Great America’s new X-Flight roller coaster:

UPDATE: X-Flight’s Extras Intrigue Me
I have to say that X-Flight looks amazing! The new riding viewpoint will no doubt be exciting, but the additional elements could really make this ride for me. It’s great to see how the designers added enough elements to make it more than just a simple showcase of a wing coaster. That keyhole fly-through looks to be an awesome signature element destined to be splashed across press photos for the park for years to come. Without having terrain to play with, elements like this and even the tunnel are the perfect way to spice up a ride. It’s reminiscient of Demon’s rocky elements, its groovy tunnel, and waterfall. I often look at coaster layouts and long for a simple tunnel or some kind of creativity like this. I didn’t get to experience Six Flags Great America completely during my rainy trip to the park years ago. So, the park has shot up to the top of my list of parks that I need to revisit.

See more 2012 roller coasters set to debut at other theme parks around the World.

What’s Your Take?
I’ll be adding my take in the coming days, but what do you think of this new coaster for Six Flags Great America? Leave a comment below and vote in this first impression poll.[poll id=”46″]

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20 Responses

  1. coasterer22

    The near miss with the building looks awesome. They should start making more of these coasters – a lot more.

  2. Trent

    Wow! I might need to make a trip up to Chicago sometime soon, If Dollywood's coaster does end up being a Wing Rider (hope so), this will be the third one announced for 2012.

  3. Prof.BAM

    Another park adds a sweet ride shortly after I visit. Silver Dollar City added Powder Keg, Worlds of Fun added Patriot and Prowler. And now SFGAm adds this. Rremember how I said that Mt. Olympus is adding something next year, it could be one of these.

  4. L.J.

    Im becoming very fond of B&Ms wing riders they are very interesting and this is a GREAT move for the park in my opinion the ride looks amazing especially the near miss on the building: phenomenal! 🙂 I will make a plan to go here sometime! They need a wing rider at SFOG

  5. Piedude81

    YES!!!! I was a little sad to see Iron Wolf go, but I'm glad to sacrifice that for this! Count on me making the drive to Chicago next year! (Plus the 3 hour line this thing is going to have…)

  6. Anonymous

    the headchopper effect would be AMAZING on this ride. Seems like the best looking wing rider announced so far

  7. Gearhart

    Looks to be better than I thought, pretty descent layout for a still new design type. It's about time they get a big boy coaster after all these years.

  8. Joe

    what are the seat restraints going to be like? I hope theyre like the sit down loopers and inverts

  9. Dillon

    why couldn't six flags over georgia get one of these, instead we got Dare Devil Dive the most disapointing ride in the south-east

  10. KevoW_T!

    I feel X-Flight is amazing for Six Flags Great America, if only it could have come to my home park Six Flags America (smh). I’ve been hoping to see a winged coaster in the states for some time after watching a development documentary when Intamin AG put the idea out some years back. Now we have it, and B&M are always able to perfect a ride vision and experience. X-Flight and Wild Eagle are on my 2012 list!


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