An aviation-themed wing coaster, X-Flight soars through multiple inversions on 3000 feet of steel track. Seating two across in eight rows on opposite sides of the track for a total capacity of 32 riders, the train loads from a station designed to resemble an airplane hangar. After ascending a 120-foot lift hill, it goes into a 120-foot dive drop, reaching its maximum speed of 55mph. This is followed by a zero-g roll, Immelmann loop, turn over water and second zero-g roll. After that comes the most thrilling element of the ride, an in-line twist through a “keyhole” in a very real air control tower acquired from Chicago’s O’Hare airport. A couple of turns later the ride is over.
The ride is nicely themed, down to the ride ops in their flight suits. The ride experience itself is intense from start to finish, particularly so at the point at which the train passes through the control tower. Riders have the perception of a near collision. I found this to be especially true when riding on the right side, because of the way the train rolls over. It was a feeling of omigod, we’re going to hit that tower! Even after multiple rides, I felt the same way. X-Flight is a well-designed and highly entertaining coaster. 4 ½ out of 5 stars. For more information about rides at Six Flags Great America, visit www.sixflags.com/greatamerica