Superman: Tower of Power

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Superman: Tower of Power
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Superman: Tower of Power ride at Six Flags Over Texas in 2010
Six Flags St. Louis
Area Illinois
Status Operating
Opening date May 19, 2006 (2006-05-19)
Six Flags Over Texas
Area Tower
Status Operating
Opening date 2003 (2003)
Six Flags Over Georgia
Area DC Super Friends
Status Operating
Opening date May 27, 2016 (2016-05-27)
Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom
Status Removed
Opening date 1995 (1995)
Closing date 2008 (2008)
General statistics
Attraction type Drop Tower
Theme Superman
Manufacturer Intamin (Six Flags St. Louis and Kentucky Kingdom)
S&S Worldwide (Six Flags Over Texas)
Zamperla (Six Flags Over Georgia)
Flash Pass Available at both Six Flags parks.
Must transfer from wheelchair

Superman: Tower of Power is a drop tower ride currently located at three Six Flags parks,[1] and a former installment at Kentucky Kingdom.

Two of the four drop towers were manufactured by Intamin except for the Six Flags Over Georgia (Zamperla) and Six Flags Over Texas (S&S) installments.

The installment at Kentucky Kingdom (then known as Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom) was demolished after an accident that maimed a teenage girl.[2][3]

Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom[edit]

The Superman: Tower of Power at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom was an Intamin Giant Drop model, nearly identical to the one at Six Flags St. Louis. It opened in 1995 as the first ride of its kind. The original name for this ride was "Hellevator", but it was renamed to "Superman: Tower of Power" in 2007 and received a fresh coat of paint at the top of the ride. The ride was constructed by Martin & Vleminckx. A new 129 foot drop tower, tilted "FearFall", was later added to the park in 2014.[4]

Superman Tower of Power when it was at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, on June 9, 2007

The ride was dismantled in 2008.

Rider experience[edit]

Riders sit in one of four seats in several cars attached to the tower. They are quickly taken 177 feet (54 m) in the air at 12 mph (19 km/h), held at the top for several seconds, and then dropped around 154 feet (47 m) at speeds of 54 mph (87 km/h), before being stopped just 23 feet (7.0 m) from the ground by magnetic brakes.

Stats[edit]

  • Introduced: 1995
  • Demolished: 2008
  • Height: 177 ft (54 m)
  • Drop height: 154 ft (47 m)
  • Max speed: 54 mph (87 km/h)
  • Lift speed: 12 mph (19 km/h)
  • Manufacturer: Intamin
  • Height restriction: 48 in (122 cm)

Incidents[edit]

On June 21, 2007, a 13-year-old girl was severely injured on Superman: Tower of Power. Shortly after the start of the ride, a cable snapped which fell and entangled the girl. Though she was able to remove the cable from her neck before the ride reached the top, it was still looped past her feet during the "drop" and shattered her left femur while severing both feet on the way down.[5] The operator heard the cable snap and acknowledged unusual screaming as the car climbed, but failed to press the emergency stop button until after the ride had already dropped. The ride cannot be stopped after this point.[6] Doctors were able to reattach her right foot. The ride was closed right after the accident; it was removed from the park soon after.[2][3]

Six Flags Over Georgia[edit]

The Superman Tower of Power at Six Flags Over Georgia is located in the DC Super Friends themed area with a structural height of 65 feet (20 m) and opened on May 27, 2016.[7] This is the second attraction themed to Superman to operate at the park (Superman: Ultimate Flight).

Stats[edit]

  • Introduced: 2016
  • Total height: 65 ft (20 m)
  • Manufacturer: Zamperla
  • Height restriction: 42 in (107 cm)

Six Flags Over Texas[edit]

Superman at Six Flags Over Texas illuminated at night

The Superman Tower of Power at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas was added to the Tower section of the park in 2003. With a structural height of 325 feet (99 m), it was the tallest ride in the park until the opening of the Texas Sky Screamer. Superman Tower of Power is also the tallest ride to use both space shot and turbo drop pneumatic (air powered) sequences in the world.

It features three towers: blue, red, and yellow positioned so that ride resembles a tripod like structure. Riders are seated facing outwards and are strapped using air-locked shoulder restraints and a safety belt that attaches the restraint to the seat. The ride begins with the weigh process. During this time the cart is raised and lowered as the ride's computer determines the amount of air pressure to use for the ride cycle. Once completed, there is a brief pause and the riders are then launched up the tower (Space Shot) then slow just before reaching the top. This is the first feeling of weightlessness that the riders experience. The cart briskly falls halfway down the tower then brought back up to the top to complete the turbo drop portion of the ride. Once at the top the cart locks into the brakes and is held there giving the riders just enough time to view both the Dallas and Fort Worth skylines. The cart is then released from the brakes, and the riders are dropped giving them the second and final experience of weightlessness. The riders are then bounced halfway up the tower and dropped again until they are slowly brought back down to be unloaded.

At night the ride is illuminated by various lights that change color and can be seen for miles.

Stats[edit]

  • Introduced: 2003
  • Total height: 325 ft (99 m)
  • Structural height: 313 ft (95 m)
  • Drop height: 245 ft (74 m)
  • Top Speed: 55 mph (89 km/h)
  • G-force: min -1.0 g, max +4.0
  • Manufacturer: S&S Worldwide
  • Height restriction: 52 in (132 cm)

Six Flags St. Louis[edit]

The Superman: Tower of Power at Six Flags St. Louis was manufactured by Intamin, and is one of Intamin's "Giant Drop" models. Riders sit in open-air ski lift style seats that face away from the tower, leaving their feet dangling. The cars lift up slowly at first, but quickly accelerate to 12 mph (19 km/h) after leaving the magnetic brakes. Riders are held at the top of the 23-story tower for several seconds at the top. The cars are then released in a random order and free fall some 129 ft (39 m), reaching 62 mph (100 km/h) before hitting the brakes.

Stats[edit]

  • Introduced: May 19, 2006
  • Height: 227 ft (69 m)
  • Drop height: 217 ft (66 m)
  • Free fall distance: 129 ft (39 m)
  • Free fall speed: 62 mph (100 km/h)
  • Lift speed: Up to 16 ft (4.9 m) per second
  • Ride Duration: 1 min, 30 sec
  • Capacity: 6 cars that hold 4 passengers each, for a total of 24 riders per cycle
  • Manufacturer: Intamin
  • Height restriction: 48 in (122 cm)

History[edit]

  • The ride was originally operated at Six Flags AstroWorld in Houston, where it was known as the "Dungeon Drop". When AstroWorld was closed and demolished in 2005, Dungeon Drop was relocated to Six Flags St. Louis.
  • The ride was originally intended to be named "Acrophobia". The tower pieces were painted in an alternating color scheme of orange, green, and teal with white accent rings – prior to being erected at the park during the off-season. When CEO Mark Shapiro made his stop at the park on his national tour of the Six Flags parks in 2006, he ordered the name change to Superman: Tower of Power and the tower was repainted again, but in an alternating color scheme of yellow, blue and red with yellow and blue accent rings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Two New Kids Areas Opening at Six Flags Over Georgia for 2016 Season". September 3, 2015. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Girl's feet severed on ride at Six Flags in Kentucky". CNN. June 22, 2007. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  3. ^ a b Lloyd de Vries (2007-06-22). "Six Flags Closes More Rides After Accident". CBS News. Retrieved 2010-09-20. 
  4. ^ "Intamin". Martin & Vleminckx. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Excerpts of Kaitlyn Lasitter's deposition". The Courier-Journal. January 30, 2008. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "KDA Final Report" (PDF). Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  7. ^ MacDonald, Brady (September 3, 2015). "Six Flags unveils new attractions for every park in 2016". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 4, 2015. 

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