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Viper

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The Place
  Six Flags Over Georgia - Austell, Georgia USA
  "The Coaster That Strikes Twice!"

The Stats

Track Type Year Designer / Manufacturer
Steel Shuttle Loop, Weight Drop Launch 1995 Werner Stengel / Anton Schwartzkopf
Ride Statistics
Height: 142 feet Max Drop:
Top Speed: 57 mph Track Length: 863 feet
Rider Capacity: 1300 per hour Max G-Force: +4.0 G
Inversions: 1 Ride Time: 35 seconds
Avg Speed: Angle of Descent: 70°
Number of Cars: Length of Train:
Restraints: Individual ratcheting lapbars Number of Trains: 1
Cars per Train: 7 Vehicles Designed by: Schwarzkopf

The Experience

* Arrangement: Riders are arranged 2 across, 4 seats per car for a total of 28 riders per train.
* Notes: Unfortunately had to be removed in order for Superman - Ultimate Flight to be built as there was too much rock which needed to be blasted for the ride to stay.
* Structure: Track is a yellow maize color while the counterweight tower & supports are a bright pea green. The train is decked out with snake green, yellow, & grey scales.
* Elements: Riders experience a 76 ft vertical loop, then shoot up a 142 ft incline before succumbing to the forces of gravity & doing it all over again -- of course this time ... backwards! A quick brake check and it's through the loading station, waving to would be riders and up a 2nd incline, and dropping back to the station to stop. This unique ride is contained within a straight line. The beauty of it is that it's so simple and incredibly fun for all.
* Features: It propels you from 0-57 mph in less than six seconds. This is accomplished through the use of a weight drop tower. Listen carefully, and you will hear the fog horn from the tank sound exactly 4 times, a quick release of the brakes, and you're off!
* History: Stayed at this park from 1995-2001. Originally built in 1978, and moved to SFOG from SFGAm where is was known as Tidal Wave until 1991. It has since been moved to SFKK and operating in 2003 under the new name Greezed Lightnin'.

The Verdict
This is one of those coasters that you can ride, and ride, and keep riding again. In fact I've ridden it 19 times in a row. Sit up front for the air time after the loop; turn around for a spectacular view, or sit in the back for that sinking feeling on the back incline. My favorite coaster at the park before it was removed ceremoniously.
I rate it 6 Star's

I have been on this coaster as both the Tidal Wave and Viper. I grew up at SFGA, and this was my first coaster ever. One day my Aunt and I rode it 20 straight times. I came back the next season, and it had been replaced by Batman the Ride. I love Batman the Ride, but the Tidal Wave will forever be a classic, and favorite.
- Daniel H, Kunsan AFB, KOREA

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