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What was the worlds first launched roller coaster?

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  • 9 years ago
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    This is debatable, but I would say the first documented launched shuttle coaster is King Kobra, built by Anton Schwarzkopf for Kings Dominion in 1977.

    In case you were wondering...

    The first roller coaster model to feature a launch is Schwarzkopf shuttle loop coaster. Greased Lightnin' at California's Great America, King Kobra at Kings Dominion, and White Lightnin' at Carowinds were all similar shuttle loops that opened in 1977. These coasters utilize a weight drop to accelerate the coaster. The same year, however, Arrow Dynamics opened Black Widow at Six Flags New England, Screamin' Demon at Kings Island, and Zoomerang at Citrus World, all of which used electric motors to launch the ride trains.

    The first flywheel launch roller coaster, also a shuttle loop built by Schwarzkopf, opened in 1978 at Knott's Berry Farm under the name of Montezooma's Revenge.

    The first continuous circuit launched coasters, which were also the first linear induction motor (LIM) coasters, were built be Premier Rides in 1996 at Kings Dominion and Kings Island with the name of Flight of Fear.

    The first two coasters to break 100 mph were also the first two linear synchronous motor (LSM) launch coasters. Superman the Escape at Six Flags Magic Mountain and Tower of Terror at Dreamworld opened in 1997.

    The first two pneumatic (air powered) launches opened in 1999 at Pattaya Park Funny Land and Silver Dollar City, though the former has never been completely operational.

    The first hydraulic launch roller coaster was the Knott's Berry Farm Xcelerator, which launches from 0 to 82 mph in under 3 seconds and opened in 2002.

    Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shuttle_Loop http://www.rcdb.com/r.htm?ot=2&pp=88 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shuttle_roller_coaste... http://www.rcdb.com/r.htm?ot=2&pp=85 I had the opportunity to ride the first flywheel launch coaster at Knott's Berry Farm, awesome piece of history.
  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Rockin' Roller coaster does not have huge drops because it is indoors and the building is too small for a drop that would be similar to a Millenium Force. You will go upside down because there is a corkscrew. You do get launched from zero to 60 in a couple of seconds. Overall, this is my favorite roller coaster. It's not as intense as the mega coasters, but is a lot of fun. It also has a good story line - it's more of a theme coaster than a straight ride coaster. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Space Mountain are barely roller coasters. They are more like kiddie rides. Rockin Roller coaster is a real roller coaster, not a kiddie ride.

  • MW2FTW
    Lv 4
    9 years ago

    The Thrust Air 2000, is the first pneumatically launched coaster and was first built in Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia, USA, under the name Hypersonic XLC. The coaster has been clocked to launch from the rest at station to 80 mph (128 km/h) in 1.8 seconds.

    The first hydraulically launched coaster is the Xcellerator at Knott's Berry Farm.

  • The Scenic Railway at Luna Park, Melbourne, is the world's oldest continually-operating roller coaster, built in 1912.

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