October 1, 2018 – In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Kentucky Kingdom announced that a new roller coaster, the Kentucky Flyer, will be ready to ride on the park’s opening day in 2019. Designed and built by Gravity Group, the out-and-back family wooden coaster will feature a 52° 45 foot (14m) tall drop, 12 airtime elements, and a top speed of 35 mph (56 km/h) along 1,280 feet (390m) of track.
“What better way to celebrate Kentucky Kingdom’s 30th anniversary than to add our sixth roller coaster,” said Adam Birkner, Kentucky Kingdom’s Senior Marketing Manager. “The Kentucky Flyer is designed by the Gravity Group, an internationally acclaimed American wooden roller coaster supplier. They’ve built coasters all over the world and generally to rave reviews. The Kentucky Flyer will navigate through 56° hairpin turns at rapid speeds, treating riders to plenty of airtime. It’s also a big plus that the unique design of the Gravity Group’s “Timberliner” coaster train comfortably accommodates a wide range of passenger sizes and weights.”
Korey Kiepert, Principal with the Gravity Group, added: “Many coasters have a minimum height requirement of 48 inches (122cm), which is the average height of an 8-year old, but the minimum height for riders of the Kentucky Flyer will be only 40 inches (102cm). We’re excited about providing Kentucky Kingdom a ride that will allow younger children, many for the first time, to join their moms, dads, brothers, and sisters in experiencing the exhilaration of a high-speed roller coaster. Our goal was to build a coaster that the whole family can enjoy, but without sacrificing the thrills that coaster enthusiasts have come to expect from the Gravity Group. The Kentucky Flyer certainly accomplishes that goal.”
Kentucky Flyer will be the park’s second wooden coaster, along with Thunder Run, which opened in 1990. Kentucky Kingdom featured two wooden coasters from 1998 until 2007, when the Twisted Twins dueling coaster ceased operations. In 2016 Twisted Twins underwent a Rocky Mountain Construction steel I-Box track conversion and was renamed Storm Chaser.
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