Flying Fish (roller coaster)

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Flying Fish
F fish tp.jpg
Flying Fish Entrance
Thorpe Park
Park section Amity Cove
Coordinates 51°24′19″N 0°30′50″W / 51.405198°N 0.513922°W / 51.405198; -0.513922Coordinates: 51°24′19″N 0°30′50″W / 51.405198°N 0.513922°W / 51.405198; -0.513922
Status Operating
Opening date (1983 originally), March 10, 2007
Cost £1 million to Rebuild
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Mack Rides
Designer Blauer Enzian
Model Powered
Lift/launch system Powered coaster
Height 20 ft (6.1 m)
Drop 13 ft (4.0 m)
Length 767 ft (234 m)
Speed 16.8 mph (27.0 km/h)
Inversions 0
Capacity 1000 riders per hour
G-force 2.1
Height restriction 90 cm (2 ft 11 in)
Flying Fish at RCDB
Pictures of Flying Fish at RCDB

The Flying Fish is a powered steel roller coaster located at Thorpe Park in Surrey. The ride was known as Space Station Zero when it was new in 1983 and was re-themed in 1990. It was removed in 2005 to make way for Stealth, a new roller coaster built for 2006, only to be reinstalled in 2007 in another area of the park.

History[edit]

The coaster

Space Station Zero opened in 1983 at Thorpe Park in England and was Thorpe Park's first roller coaster. This indoor, space-themed ride was inspired by Space Mountain at Walt Disney World. From the outside the building appeared to be a Georgian house but inside was themed around a space station. After boarding, the train travelled around a bend before being launched into space through a tunnel of flashing lights. The ride did two laps of the track, the first in the dark and the second lit by glitter balls to appear as stars. The attraction closed in 1989 before being moved outside and renamed The Flying Fish.[1] In 2005 the ride was removed in to make room for the construction of Stealth.[1]

Flying Fish was reinstalled in 2007.[1] It is located in the Amity Cove area between Depth Charge and Tidal Wave. The ride opened on March 10, 2007 with a new colour scheme, on-ride camera, and new lap bar restraints.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Thorpe Park History". Retrieved 2008-04-17. 

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