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 Review of American Eagle, The @ Six Flags Great America
0 Rating Posted by: tacoking on 2/28/2003 4:43:00 PM
Great ride. I prefer forwards to backwards, since backwards pretty much sucks. The airtime is great, but they really hurt the ride since adding trims before both helixes. Still a great ride.

Review Comments

SFGA_fan on 5/6/2003 9:23:50 PM said:
right on, the American Eagle is so under rated. I mean, its got all a wooden coaster lover could want. The first hill is one of the best first hills of any coaster. People need to give the Eagle more respect.
DemonRules on 5/7/2003 7:26:23 PM said:
definitely. although i prefer riding it forwards, its a great ride either way, and is definitely one of the best woodies around.
tacoking on 5/28/2003 2:12:00 PM said:
i also enjoyed it better going forwards than backwards.
BigJohnWC on 5/28/2003 2:39:39 PM said:
Its got everything a coaster lover could want, and one thing they can HATE ... over-braking. We came to a stop way too much when I visited there last summer, momentum just kept being totally lost and great parts of the ride were made ho-hum. Heres hoping the brakes are loosened or gone when I return this summer.
SFGA_fan on 5/29/2003 8:25:10 AM said:
There are only two, maybe three but Im not sure, places where this ride is braked. Before the last turn, and to stop the ride at the end. Im not sure if brakes are used on the part before the giant helix or if that is just the train loosing speed from the huge ascent. But it has seemed faster the 4 times Ive gone on it this year.
BigJohnWC on 5/29/2003 9:27:05 AM said:
As I remember, granted this was last season, there were brakes after the series of drops just before the helix, brakes at the end of the helx before the run in, and the stop at the end. The two before the end brought the train to a near COMPLETE STOP before the elements. Twice we built up speed, and twice it was reduced to almost nothing along the ride.
tacoking on 5/29/2003 9:31:11 AM said:
are you sure? i was there last summer ands had nothing like that. the only brakes i ran into were the ones at the end of the ride.
BigJohnWC on 5/29/2003 12:36:58 PM said:
Absolutely positive. I really had killer hopes for this coaster ... seeing it standing there, tall ... white... and glorius. I was beyond let down by the ride with its continual braking. My review, written then, reflects this. Granted, I rode it after the girl was killed on it last year (or was she just rushed to the hospital with brain issues?), so they may have braked it after taht to appease lawyers for a while. I dont know the reasoning behind it, but it was braked and braked HEAVILY (and it seemed innapropriately braked, slowing to almost a complete stop as opposed to a medium "trim" that most "trim brakes" give.)
tacoking on 5/29/2003 3:10:09 PM said:
that sucks. the brakeing thing. that would ruin the ride.
BigJohnWC on 7/21/2003 4:47:55 PM said:
I rerode the coaster this past weekend (both sides) and here is an update. There are STILL trim brakes before the helix, before the final turnaround, and (I think) just before the bunny hop run. These brakes werent as ABUSED as they were last season (halting the train to a near complete stop), but still offer a significant slowdown (comparable to the straightaway brakes in the covered area on THE BEAST). The ride is much more fun now with the brakes lessoned, but they are still hurting it I feel. As far as the brakes go, its my hunch/best-guess that they were new last season and needed some "breaking-in" which is why they were so strong (about 50% more) last year compared to this year.
SFGA_fan on 7/21/2003 6:25:16 PM said:
Yeh, this year, of you go on the blue side, you get some good ejector air on the way back to the station which I hadnt gotten in past years. I love this ride.
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