Tatsu (SFMM)

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Tatsu is a steel flying roller coaster designed by Bolliger & Mabillard at the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park located in Valencia, California. Announced on November 17, 2005, the roller coaster opened to the public on May 13, 2006 as the park’s seventeenth roller coaster. Tatsu reaches a height of 170 feet (52 m) and speeds up to 62 miles per hour (100 km/h). The ride’s name comes from Japanese mythology and means Flying Beast in Japanese. The roller coaster is also the world’s tallest, fastest and longest flying coaster; is the only flying roller coaster to feature a zero-gravity roll; and has the world’s highest pretzel loop.

Statistics:
Length: 3,602 ft
Height: 170 ft
Drop: 111 ft
Inversions: 4
Speed: 62 mph
Elements: Chain Lift Hill, 103 ft tall Corkscrew, 96 ft tall Zero-G Roll, 80 ft tall Horseshoe, 124 ft tall Pretzel Loop, In-Line Twist
Capacity: 1,600 riders per hour

After the train has been moved into the horizontal position and is dispatched from the station, depending on which station the train is in (Tatsu has two stations), the train will either make a left or right s-bend towards the 170-foot (52 m) lift hill. Once at the top, the train makes a sharp 111-foot (34 m) downward right turn reaching a maximum speed of 62 miles per hour (100 km/h). After the train makes it to the bottom of the drop, the train makes an upward right turn leading into the first inversion, a 103-foot (31 m) tall corkscrew. Next, the train makes a downward left turn immediately followed by an upward left turn into a 96-foot (29 m) zero-gravity roll. After the train exits the roll, it drops back down before going through a 84-foot (26 m) horseshoe. Following a left turn, the train then enters the record-breaking 124-foot (38 m) pretzel loop. Upon exiting the pretzel loop, the train makes a slight left turn before going through an inline twist. The train then makes a 135 degree downward right turn before rising back up slightly and going through the mid-course brake run. After exiting the brake run, the train makes a slight downward and upward left turn leading into the final brake run. The train then enters one of the two stations where the trains are put back into the vertical position for the riders to load and unload. One cycle of the ride lasts about two minutes

More info:
* http://rcdb.com/3305.htm
* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatsu
* https://www.sixflags.com/magicmountain

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