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Superman: Ultimate Flight
Website: Six Flags Great America Homepage
Ride Type: Flying Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 3.8182
TPC Overall Rank: #211 out of 2929 rides.
Reviews: 53
Last Review: 11/5/2015 2:04:00 PM
In User Top 10: 42 times.
User Tracker Count: 115 times.
 

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0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up CoasterCale on 11/5/2015 2:04:00 PM
Superman is no where near the best ride in the park. Not to say it's bad, but it can be missed.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up CoasterWars on 8/6/2011 9:01:00 PM
"Superman", rather than looking ominous and unnerving, it looks quite fun and enthralling. Boarding this bad boy, well... that's a different story. Ascending nearly ten stories, this time with the passenger in the flying position (the track on your back), the view is intimidating but that's part of the experience. After this scary little start we fly through the track making some brief twists and turns. Then, behold!, the most iconic feature of the ride: the pretzel loop. Words cannot describe the sheer oddity of it all. The loop isn't quite frightening nor is it a miniscule feature. It's a very weird feeling which I'm not so sure if my stomach enjoyed. Throw in a corkscrew and a few more smooth turns, it makes for a thrilling ride. Out of the rides in Great America, this is one of the highlights. Of course you'll have your more superior rides, but this ain't so bad. Give it a go.

4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up ashdaddy on 6/28/2011 10:09:00 PM
If you can get over the fear of the safety harness releasing and plummeting to your untimely death, it's a good ride.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coasterwom on 9/28/2009 4:05:00 PM - User's Top Ride #19
Superman Ultimate Flight is a steel roller coaster. It was built by B&M in 2003. It is a flying roller coaster. It is 106' tall, it is 2,798' long, it has 2 inversions, travels at speeds of 51 mph, it lasts 3:00. It is fun, rerideable, very nicely themed, had a large ride capacity, long duration and is a must ride at the park.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up rskogl2 on 6/13/2009 11:47:00 AM
This pretzel loop is extremely intense, but other than that the coaster is pretty lifeless.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up khmaverick on 4/7/2009 4:35:00 PM - User's Top Ride #8
The wait is a little long, but this ride is well worth it. Right from the start, you can tell it will be great. As soon as the the seats swing back, blood rushes to you're head. On you're way up the lift hill, you can only look down at the ground that seems so far a way. The first drop is pretty good, but then the train rises into the most intense element ever devised. While there are bigger pretzel rolls than the one on Superman, it's still an amazing element. The trains starts heading down and you're slammed with positive g's. At the bottom of the pretzel roll, there is a camera, which is conveniently located to take the most embarrassing picture of you're life. Pulling out of the pretzel roll, the train turns to the left and flies throught the pretzel roll. There are two overbanked turns and a helix that leads into a barrel roll and then the brakes. Overall this is a very fun ride that is very smooth. Unfortunately, other than the pretzel roll, this ride is a little forceless and could have been a lot more exciting. Any time you visit Six Flags Great America, you should ride this at least once.

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up STWoodBlur on 2/19/2009 5:57:00 PM - User's Top Ride #4
Fear. Adrenaline. Flight. These are the top three words to describe the sensations experienced on this ride. Six Flags Great America's 4th Bolliger and Mabillard coaster, this is also their first flying coaster, and by far one of their best. The experience all begins in the Mardi Gras section of the park where a sign saying "Superman: Ultimate Flight" on a Victorian-style building beckons potential riders to the long and winding line. While neither the ride or plot line have anything to do with New Orleans, it fits right in like a puzzle piece. However, after strolling under that brightly-colored sign, we leave every ounce of Louisiana behind. As we walk by the life-size cardboard cutouts of Superman's allies and his enemies, we feel the wind from the trains rushing overhead, and watch the riders screaming their heads off. We can see the train's wind blow the grass back as it heads over the restricted area. We want to go on it. We head down the long and winding path to the glassy, space-age station bearing the bright Superman logo, and we brace ourselves for what is coming: Superman: Ultimate Flight is about to leave the ground. Boarding in the station is pretty complicated: You pull down a massive upper-body restraint that covers your entire chest and a lap bar from below you that rises up between your legs and meets the upper-body restraint at your waist. Finally, the operator presses a button and two leg restraints go across your feet to keep them in place. At last, all the restraining is finished and we are ready to fly! With two swift motions and anxiety boiling inside our stomachs, the floor lowers and the seats are raised into a flying position. Parallel to the ground. Going up the lift hill is nerve-wracking. You have nothing to do but to watch the ground beneath you get farther and farther away and think about what catastrophe would happen if the state-of-the-art restraints and safety technology would fail and send you hurtling toward your instant doom. And then it happens. The drop is amazing. An outerly-banked curve drop makes you feel as if you have sprouted wings and are flying away. However, that's not Ultimate Flight at its craziest. Immediately after, the trains all rise and dive straight down. 90 degrees down. This, my friends, is one of the world's first pretzel-loops, and definitely the most intense section of the coaster. Screaming my voicebox out when I rode this, the scariest part is when it levels out at the bottom and you can see nothing but the sky and the track below you as you blaze down the track and back up again in a completely vertical loop back up to flying position. What follows is a series of over-banked curves that is very hard to describe, but two words come to mind :"HOLY CRAP!". These two words are quoted to describe the flying sensation in this section of the ride, and finally the ride has a grand finale of a complete barrel-roll, and then, sadly, it's all over. After strolling down under the entire structure you are offered an opportunity to buy a photo of yourself from a camera mounted at the bottom of the pretzel loop. But there is no way we need something to bring back memories of this roller coaster. We can re-live the amazing sensation in our minds. The screaming of the vertical-dive into the pretzel loop, the barrel-roll, and the terror-striking lift hill we can all replay in our minds. Yes friends, this coaster is one that, after riding, nobody will soon forget.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up wierdo135 on 7/3/2008 2:25:00 AM
A really good ride if you are in the back seat. IMO the front seat view on a flying coaster is just as good as any. Your looking down remember! Its much more intense in the back. SIT IN THE BACK!

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up bbadger187 on 6/23/2007 2:05:00 AM - User's Top Ride #6
Sitting in the back row is probably the best seat. Front row can see everything with an unobstucted view, but the extra wait isnt worth it, not to mention you arent pulled down very hard on the first loop. Its pretty good ride, with the flying position. The line can be long, and the ride is short. Another ride good for first time riders.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up HowieP on 6/20/2007 10:34:00 AM
This was good! It was my first Flying Coaster, and hopefully not my last. S.U.F. is a coaster to ride whenever you visit Great America. A worthy successor to Shockwave.

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