Flying Ace Aerial Chase

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Flying Ace Aerial Chase
PKI-Rugrat's Runaway Reptar.jpg
Flying Ace Aerial Chase when it was known as Rugrats Runaway Reptar at Kings Island.
Previously known as Rugrats Runaway Reptar
Carowinds
Park section Planet Snoopy
Coordinates 35°06′07″N 80°56′26″W / 35.102070°N 80.940689°W / 35.102070; -80.940689
Status Operating
Opening date March 22, 2003 (2003-03-22)
Kings Island
Park section Planet Snoopy
Coordinates 39°20′30″N 84°16′09″W / 39.341773°N 84.269114°W / 39.341773; -84.269114Coordinates: 39°20′30″N 84°16′09″W / 39.341773°N 84.269114°W / 39.341773; -84.269114
Status Operating
Opening date April 7, 2001 (2001-04-07)
Flying Ace Aerial Chase at Kings Island at RCDB
Pictures of Flying Ace Aerial Chase at Kings Island at RCDB
General statistics
Type Steel – Family
Manufacturer Vekoma
Model Suspended Family Coaster 342m
Lift/launch system Drive tire
Height 49 ft (15 m)
Length 1,122 ft (342 m)
Speed 26 mph (42 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 1:30
Capacity 650 riders per hour
G-force 2.2
Height restriction 44–76 in (112–193 cm)
Trains Single train with 10 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 20 riders per train.
Fast Lane available at Kings Island only
Must transfer from wheelchair
Flying Ace Aerial Chase at RCDB
Pictures of Flying Ace Aerial Chase at RCDB

Flying Ace Aerial Chase is a Suspended Family Coaster designed and built by Vekoma. The roller coaster debuted at Kings Island in 2001, and was followed by another identical installation that launched at Carowinds in 2003.[1][2] Originally, both rides opened as Rugrats Runaway Reptar, themed to the animated television series Rugrats and its two-part episode "Runaway Reptar". Following Cedar Fair's acquisition of both parks in 2006, both were eventually re-themed to the Snoopy vs. the Red Baron comic strip series in the 1960s by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz.

History[edit]

Kings Island[edit]

Flying Ace Aerial Chase opened to the public on April 7, 2001[3] as Rugrats Runaway Reptar. This was Kings Island's fourth kids' coaster earning the park the title: "Kid's Coaster Capital of the World!". That same year, the Kings Mills Log Flume was refurbished and rethemed to Nickelodeon and was named The Wild Thornberry's River Adventure. Those two new rides formed a new area called Nickelodeon Central. This area was separate from the regular Hanna-Barbera children's area, but it was still a kid's area. You can see this more clearly on this park map from 2002. It was not until 2006 that the rest of the Hanna-Barbera land was transformed into one kid's area which was called Nickelodeon Universe. This change did not affect the two already existing rides in Nickelodeon Central, since they already had the Nickelodeon theme. Then, in 2010, Nickelodeon Universe became Planet Snoopy, which affected the rides name and changed it to Flying Ace Aerial Chase to fit the Snoopy theme. Also, when its name was changed, the support beams of the ride were repainted from green to orange.[4]

Carowinds[edit]

When Rugrats Runaway Reptar became so immensely popular at Paramount's Kings Island, the then-owners, Paramount decided to build a copy of the ride at Carowinds. Rugrats Runaway Reptar opened in 2003 at Paramount's Carowinds. The ride is exactly the same; paint color and all. The only difference is the color of the shoulder restraints. At Carowinds, the restraints are red and perhaps more bulky. At Kings Island, the restraints are yellow and had more padding.

Ride layout[edit]

As the train comes out of the station, it makes a 90 degree turn to the right, and starts up the tire drive lift hill. As the train exits the lift hill, it is sent on a double helix to the left. From there, the train makes its way under the lift hill and over to the top of the station, making the riders feel as if they could touch it with their feet. Then it turns right and travels alongside of the lift hill and then turns right 180 degrees. At this point the train is very close to the ground. Then, it turns 180 degrees to the left into the activating brakes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marden, Duane. "Flying Ace Aerial Chase  (Kings Island)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Marden, Duane. "Flying Ace Aerial Chase  (Carowinds)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Rugrats Runaway Reptar". KingsIslandCentral.com. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Flying Ace Aerial Chase". Kings Island. Archived from the original on 2010-04-18. Retrieved 2011-10-27. 

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