Flashback (Six Flags Magic Mountain)

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Promotional image of the Z Force roller coaster in 1985.jpg
An artist's renderation of Flashback when it was known as Z Force.
Previously known as Z-Force (1985-1990)
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Park section Six Flags Plaza
Coordinates 34°25′29″N 118°35′44″W / 34.424597°N 118.595542°W / 34.424597; -118.595542Coordinates: 34°25′29″N 118°35′44″W / 34.424597°N 118.595542°W / 34.424597; -118.595542
Status Closed
Opening date April 25, 1992 (1992-04-25)
Closing date 2003 (SBNO until 2007)
Cost $4,000,000[1]
Six Flags Over Georgia
Status Relocated to Six Flags Magic Mountain
Opening date 1988 (1988)
Closing date 1990 (1990)
Six Flags Great America
Coordinates 42°21′58″N 87°55′52″W / 42.366099°N 87.931116°W / 42.366099; -87.931116
Status Relocated to Six Flags Over Georgia
Opening date 1985 (1985)
Closing date 1987 (1987)
Replaced by Iron Wolf
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Intamin
Designer Werner Stengel
Model Space Diver
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 86 ft (26 m)
Drop 34 ft (10 m)
Length 1,900 ft (580 m)
Speed 35 mph (56 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 1:30
Max vertical angle 89°
Capacity 1,100 riders per hour
G-force 5.77
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Trains 3 trains with 5 cars. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 20 riders per train.
Flashback at RCDB
Pictures of Flashback at RCDB

Flashback was a steel roller coaster made by Intamin of Switzerland. The coaster was located in the Six Flags Plaza area of Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California.


Six Flags Great America (1985–1987)[edit]

Flashback first opened in 1985 at Six Flags Great America (at Gurnee, Illinois) as Z-Force. In 1987, the ride was closed.[2] The site was later used for a Bolliger & Mabillard stand-up roller coaster named Iron Wolf.

Six Flags Over Georgia (1988–1990)[edit]

Following the ride's closure at Six Flags Great America, it was relocated to Six Flags Over Georgia, west of Atlanta.[3] It opened in 1988 before closing two years later in 1990.[3]

Six Flags Magic Mountain (1992–2007)[edit]

The ride's final relocation was to Six Flags Magic Mountain in California.[4] As part of the relocation, the ride was renamed from Z-Force to Flashback.[4] It opened at the park in 1992.[1]

In 2003, the ride was closed and remained standing but not operating until 2007.[4] On January 23, 2007, the park announced that Flashback would be removed along with Psyclone.[5] Originally, the park stated that Flashback may be re-built within the park for 2008, however it was dismantled and scrapped in December 2007.[4]


Ride experience[edit]

Flashback was the world's only hairpin-drop roller coaster, with 6 head-over-heels dives and a 540-degree upward spiral. It was also the only Space Dive coaster to ever be built.[2] It was all packed into a relatively small area with 1,900 feet (580 m) of track stacked above each other. The drops were severe, producing a free-fall experience on the plunges; fast steel switchbacks connected the turns just before trains flew into the gravity-defying upward spiral. Trains reached a max of 35 miles per hour (56 km/h), with a 3-g force on the one and a half minute ride.


Throughout its life, Flashback's track was painted blue with white supports.[2][3][4] The style of track used on this coaster would later by the signature track style of coasters built by Bolliger & Mabillard.[citation needed]


The ride featured three trains, each with five cars. Each car featured riders arranged 4 across for a total of 20 riders per train. The trains were manufactured by Giovanola.[2][3][4] When Flashback was known as Z-Force, the trains were painted all blue with a navy blue stripe running down on the sides of the train. The restraints were also blue.[2][3] After its relocation to Six Flags Magic Mountain, Flashback's trains were repainted red with a white chasis and a white stripe on the sides of each car. The restraints were also repainted blue.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Magic Mountain Plans to Add $4-Million Ride". Los Angeles Times. 17 December 1991. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Marden, Duane. "Z-Force  (Six Flags Great America)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Marden, Duane. "Z-Force  (Six Flags Over Georgia)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Marden, Duane. "Flashback  (Six Flags Magic Mountain)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Six Flags Magic Mountain to dismantle two roller coasters". ThrillNetwork. 23 January 2007. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 

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