Top Gun (PGA)

Flight Deck inverted coaster (formerly Top Gun) at California’s Great America. Built by Bolliger & Mabillard in 1993.

Top Gun / Flight Deck is a steel inverted roller coaster located at California’s Great America in Northern California. Built by Bolliger & Mabillard, Flight Deck made its debut March 19, 1993 asTop Gun. This was Bolliger & Mabillard’s second inverted coaster behind Batman: The Ride at Six Flags Great America. The third inverted coaster from Bolliger & Mabillard opened a little under two months later at Six Flags Great Adventure.

Length: 2,260 ft
Height: 102 ft
Drop: 91 ft
Inversions: 3
Speed: 50 mph
Duration: 2:26
Elements: Chain Lift Hill, Loop, Zero-G Roll, Corkscrew
Capacity: 1,380 riders per hour

The ride begins with a small right-hand turn followed by the lift hill. The drop at the top of the hill begins with a sharp left turn. After the drop, there is a vertical loop. The ride then performs a 3/4 turn to the right followed by a Heartline Spin. There are a couple mild turns. After this, there is a small drop immediately followed by a corkscrew loop and a Flat Spin over a nearby pond . The ride features another 3/4 turn, this time to the left. Finally, the train turns right into the loading station.

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