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 Review of Top Gun: The Jet Coaster @ Carowinds
3 Rating Posted by: BobFunland on 3/22/2005 12:57:00 AM
TG:TJC may not only hold the title of the longest abbreviation, but it also may just be my favorite Invert. It has been three Sping Breaks since I rode Montu, so I will not call either better as of now, rather, just go with equal until I ride Montu again later this year. Top Gun is not very big by the standards of some other custom B&M Inverts, but it sure packs a punch. The lift heads out towards the parking lot, clanking along. Then you dive down at speeds over 60 mph into the vertical loop, which was especially cool due to its unusual design, which resulted in some different (but still) awesome forces. After diving back down through a short tunnel, the coaster hit the Immelman for some true joy, followed by an inline Zero-G roll. The next element may be the best, it certainly sets TG apart from the likes of Raptor and Alpengeist. The batwing was simply awesome: it snapped through the inverions at a torrid pace, but not to the point where it hurt. Diving under the path made my RCT envisions become reality, not to mention that the non-muffled rails made the tunnel roar as the trains went through. The ride then has its only weak point, a psuedo-airtime hill hill back over the lift, the only point in which the ride lets up. Back down you go, pounding through a corkscrew at relentless speeds, which can be a bit too much for the neck at times. After a few turns, you hit the brakes for the first time (no MCBR, a plus!). Top Gun is simply breathtaking, it can make grown men weep and beg for more. After 17 rides on a slow spring day, including at least one in every row and one in each of the front row seats, I would say that the far right side up front is the best, simply because the front row doesnt have a blocked view, and the right side to me proveded the best visuals, regardless of row. In the end, Top Gun endows us with a chance to be Tom Cruise while flying through the air at high speed and intense forces and maneuvering through wild inversions that resemble fighter jet moves (specifically, the Immelman and Zero-G roll). If you do not care to join to Navy and fly with the Blue Angels, or wear glasses and cannot do so anyways, take a few rides on Top Gun, it is as close as any coaster has ever gotten be to feel like a fighter jet.Bumped to a 10... also, in retrospect, I declare Top Gun to be better than Montu after some so-so rides this past fall.

Review Comments

tacoking on 3/28/2005 12:38:35 PM said:
Definitly the most underrated coaster I know of. Great to see you loved it.
BobFunland on 3/28/2005 5:16:39 PM said:
Underrated? I dont know, I think that being #13 out of 2000 or so rides is pretty good. Over-looked? Definately, probably because Carowinds isnt the most visited of parks. The park has a meager 250 or so reviews, which is less than some rides, so not too many people are lucky enough to experience it
tacoking on 3/28/2005 5:58:16 PM said:
Well you are basing that stuff from only one site.
BobFunland on 3/28/2005 6:44:28 PM said:
Positions according to Mitchs poll, which I still think is the best judgement, plus, it encompasses the entire world, not just the US, so its really quite impressive:

2004: 20

2003: 21

2002: 33

2001: 33

1999: 12

Again, it seems to be higly regarded by those who have ridden it, and overlooked by those who havent.
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