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Flug der Dämonen (German for "Flight of the Demons") is a Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Coaster at the Heide Park Resort amusement park located in Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany. The attraction officially opened to the public on March 29, 2014.

Flug der Dämonen
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(Top) Logo of Flug der Dämonen (Bottom) One of Flug der Dämonen's trains
Heide Park Resort
Park sectionTranssilvanien
Coordinates53°01′34″N 9°52′47″E / 53.026181°N 9.879649°E / 53.026181; 9.879649Coordinates: 53°01′34″N 9°52′47″E / 53.026181°N 9.879649°E / 53.026181; 9.879649
StatusOperating
Opening dateMarch 29, 2014 (2014-03-29)
Cost15,000,000 ($USD19.9 million)
ReplacedWildwasserbahn II
General statistics
TypeSteel – Wing Coaster
ManufacturerBolliger & Mabillard
DesignerJohn Wardley
ModelWing Coaster
Lift/launch systemChain lift hill
Height40 m (130 ft)
Length772 m (2,533 ft)
Speed100 km/h (62 mph)
Inversions5
Duration0:52 minutes
Capacity1060 riders per hour
G-force4
Height restriction140 cm (4 ft 7 in)
Trains2 trains with 6 cars. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 24 riders per train.
Express Butler available
Single rider line available
Flug der Dämonen at RCDB
Pictures of Flug der Dämonen at RCDB

HistoryEdit

During the season of 2012, the Wildwasserbahn 2 was completely dismantled. Before that there were a few speculations about a new rollercoaster on the place of the Wildwasserbahn 2. In the 2013 season of the park, the coaster was announced in late summer, but before that, the themepark announced the new ride as followed: "It's big. It's fast. It comes. Closer and closer and closer. Premiere for Germany 2014. Here at Heide Park Resort.". On August 18, 2013, one day before Heide Park Resorts' 35th birthday, the park announced some details about the new ride to the media.[1][2][3] The park also put up a website saying that the full details of the ride will be announced in the morning of August 19, 2013.[4][5] On this website were construction updates and other stuff about Flug der Dämonen. The name of the new Wing Coaster was announced on January 8, 2014. It officially opened to the public on March 29, 2014.

Ride experienceEdit

 
Layout of Flug der Dämonen

After being dispatched from the station, the train makes a right hand turn, entering the 130-foot (40 m) lift hill. Upon reaching the top of the lift hill, the train enters the first element of the roller coaster, a Dive Drop. This element is similar to the Dive Drop's found on X-Flight (Six Flags Great America) at Six Flags Great America, The Swarm at Thorpe Park, GateKeeper at Cedar Point and consists of the train rotating 180 degrees into an upside down position before descending back to the ground. During this drop, the train reaches its maximum speed of 62 miles per hour (100 km/h). Next, the train enters a camelback hill where riders experience the feeling of weightlessness. Upon exiting the hill, the train immediately enters an Immelmann loop. Next, the train goes through a Corkscrew, followed by a left-handed 270-degree downward helix. The next element is a new element called a Demonic Knot, it consists of a combination of an inclined Dive Loop followed by an inclined Immelmann Loop. The train then enters a 315-degree left hand turn leading into the final brake run.[6][7]

CharacteristicsEdit

TrackEdit

Flug der Dämonen's tubular steel track is 772 metres (2,533 ft) long and the lift is approximately 40 metres (130 ft).[7] The track is white and the supports are dark green. Also, the entire track weighs a total of about 650 tonnes (640 long tons; 720 short tons).[8]

TrainsEdit

Flug der Dämonen operates with two open-air steel and fiberglass trains, each with six cars of four seats each, with two on each side of the track. Each train holds 24 riders and the ride has a capacity of about 1,060 riders per hour.[7] Riders are restrained by flexible over-the-shoulder restraints and interlocking seat belts and riders are required to be between 140 centimetres (4.6 ft) and 195 centimetres (6.40 ft) to ride.[9] Because the seats are on the side of the track, a cantilevered steel arm is used to support the wings.[9]

The trains are painted black and white. The front of each train is shaped to resemble the head of a demon. It was designed by German graffiti artist Markus Genesius.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History: 35 Years Heide Park Resort" (in German). Heide Park. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  2. ^ "Wingcoaster presented at Heide Park". Kreiszeitung (in German). August 19, 2013. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  3. ^ "100 things upside down". Az-Online (in German). August 19, 2013. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  4. ^ "Heide Park Wing Coaster 2014" (in German). Heide Park. August 18, 2013. Archived from the original on August 18, 2013. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  5. ^ "Heide Park Wing Coaster 2014 Teaser Photo" (in German). Heide Park. Archived from the original on August 18, 2013. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  6. ^ "Heide Park Resort Wing Coaster: Onride Video (official)". Heide Park Resort. YouTube. 2014. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
  7. ^ a b c Marden, Duane. "Flug der Dämonen  (Heide Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
  8. ^ "LETZTE SCHIENE FÜR DEUTSCHLANDS ERSTEN WING COASTER" (in German). Heide Park. September 18, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
  9. ^ a b Dyer, Nicole (April 16, 2013). "Wing and A Scare". Popular Science. Bonnier Corporation. Retrieved April 20, 2013.
  10. ^ "BREMER GRAFFITI-KÜNSTLER BESPRÜHT WAGEN VON DEUTSCHLANDS ERSTEM WING COASTER" (in German). Heide Park. October 29, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2014.

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