Thrust Air 2000

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A Thrust Air 2000 (commonly known as a thrust air coaster) is a unique form of launched roller-coaster created by S&S Worldwide, Inc., that uses refrigerated, compressed air to shoot a rubber-wheeled car down a steel track. The Dodonpa is the only production model in existence. It was once the fastest roller coaster in the world and is still one of the fastest accelerating roller coasters in the world. There was another model, the Hypersonic XLC, which closed in 2007. Both models were fabricated by Intermountain Lift, Inc.[1]


The prototype Thrust Air 2000 was made in 1999 at the S&S Power plant in Utah.


  • Height: 165 ft (50 m).
  • Climb: 90 degrees
  • Drop: 90 degrees
  • Acceleration: 0-80 mph (0-128.7 km/h) in 1.8 sec
  • Top Speed: about 80 mph (130 km/h)
  • Launch System: Ingersoll-Rand screw type compressor
  • Track layout: Out-and-back roller coaster
  • Track type: I-beam

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  1. ^ "Amusement". Intermountain Lift, Inc. July 30, 2011. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 

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