Skyhawk (Cedar Point)

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Skyhawk
Skyhawk in full swing.jpg
Skyhawk with Snake River Falls in the foreground.
Cedar Point
AreaFrontiertown
Coordinates41°29′3.62″N 82°41′26.83″W / 41.4843389°N 82.6907861°W / 41.4843389; -82.6907861Coordinates: 41°29′3.62″N 82°41′26.83″W / 41.4843389°N 82.6907861°W / 41.4843389; -82.6907861
StatusOperating
Opening dateMay 6, 2006
General statistics
ManufacturerS&S Worldwide
ModelScreamin' Swing
Height103 ft (31 m)
Drop125 ft (38 m)
Speed65 mph (105 km/h)
Capacity800 riders per hour
Vehicles2
Riders per vehicle40
Rows2
Riders per row20
Duration1 minute
Height restriction48 in (122 cm)
RestraintsLap bar
Fast Lane available

Skyhawk is a Screamin' Swing built by S&S Worldwide at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. It is located in Frontiertown, next to Snake River Falls. It opened on May 6, 2006, the beginning of Cedar Point's 137th season. A similar ride, Xtreme Swing, opened at Valleyfair the same year.

Specifications[edit]

Skyhawk in the loading/unloading position.

Skyhawk is a Screamin' Swing type ride built by S&S Worldwide. The structure itself is 103 feet (31 m) tall at its highest point, the equivalent height of a ten-story building, making it the world's largest swinging thrill ride. It consists of two swinging arms, both 84 feet (26 m) tall, seating 20 across and 20 back to back (40 total).[1] At full swing, the ends of the arms approach 125 feet (38 m) high off the ground—as high as a twelve-story building—and achieve a maximum velocity of 65 miles-per-hour—faster than most wooden roller coasters. The ride lasts about one minute, and can accommodate 800 passengers per hour. Riders must be 48 inches (1,200 mm) or taller.[2] Riders are restrained by a lap bar.[3]

Incidents[edit]

  • On July 26, 2014, a cable supporting one of the carriages on the pendulum came lose, injuring two guests. One guest was treated on the scene, while the other was taken to a hospital then released. Skyhawk reopened on August 1, 2014.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Skyhawk Photo Gallery". The Point Online. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
  2. ^ "Skyhawk". Cedar Point. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
  3. ^ ThrillNetwork Editor (October 31, 2005). "Cedar Point announces Skyhawk". ThrillNetwork. Retrieved February 16, 2012.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ JASON WERLING (July 28, 2014). "2 injured by Skyhawk ride at Cedar Point; ride closed indefinitely". AP. Newspaper, LLC. Retrieved August 19, 2014.

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