Big Shot (ride)

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Big Shot
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The Big Shot lit up during the evening
Stratosphere Las Vegas
Coordinates36°8′50.59″N 115°9′19.40″W / 36.1473861°N 115.1553889°W / 36.1473861; -115.1553889Coordinates: 36°8′50.59″N 115°9′19.40″W / 36.1473861°N 115.1553889°W / 36.1473861; -115.1553889
StatusOperating
Opening date1996
General statistics
Attraction typeSpace Shot
ManufacturerS&S Worldwide
DesignerStan Checketts
ModelSpace Shot
Height160 ft (49 m)
Speed45 mph (72 km/h)
G-force4
Duration0:35

Big Shot is a pneumatically powered tower ride. It was at one time the world's highest amusement ride in terms of overall elevation above ground level. The 160 feet (49 m) tower is built atop the 921 feet (281 m) high deck of the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, Nevada. The world's highest amusement ride in terms of overall elevation above ground level is currently the Sky Drop built atop the 1,492 feet (455 m) high deck of the Canton Tower in Guangzhou. The new Sky Drop reaches a height of 1,591 feet (485 m) above ground level, 510 feet (160 m) higher than Big Shot.

Ride experience[edit]

Big Shot is a pneumatically powered tower ride, featuring a rapid ascent from an elevation of 921 ft (281 m) to 1,081 ft (329 m). The ride accelerates to 45 miles per hour (72 km/h).[1] The ride up generates 4Gs during the rapid ascent.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "How about a Vegas amusement park ride that touches the sky". Stratosphere Las Vegas. Archived from the original on 23 June 2011. Retrieved June 21, 2011.
  2. ^ Borbe, Jeannie. "Big Shot at the Stratosphere". VEGAS.com. Archived from the original on 12 December 2009. Retrieved November 15, 2009.