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Flight of Fear

Flight of Fear has thrilled many park guest and coaster enthusiasts for over a decade. From its quick and accelerating launch into a dark twisted maze of metal, many riders cannot crave yet another ride on this one of a kind machine. The ride opened on June 18, 1996 as “The Outer Limits: Flight of Fear” under the Paramount Parks ownership. The ride operated under this name until 2001 when the license for the name of the ride ended, and Paramount Parks was unable to restore the license, and “Flight of Fear” became the name of the ride.

Many riders will appreciate all that Flight of Fear has to offer. The ride is fully enclosed inside a replica of the Hangar 18 at Wright Patterson Air Force Base where the Roswell crash site evidence is stored. Upon entering the station, you are surrounded by many lights and eerie music. There are 3 alien tubes that are watching you as you are launched into darkness. You accelerate 0-54 mph in 3 seconds into a cobra roll, which is then followed by a sidewinder inversion. You twist and turn through many curves at different directions before you enter a final corkscrew and into the breaks.

In 2001, the Flight of Fear received a new restraint system with its name change. The over the shoulder restraints (OTSR) were replaced with a single lap bar that secured riders into a comfortable position for a smooth ride. Many riders greatly appreciated this new restraint system, and the ride continued to operate for many more years. In 2006, Paramount Parks decided to close the ride for a refurbishment and the ride was standing but not operating (SBNO) for most of the 2006 season. When Cedar Fair purchased the parks chain in June 2006 from Paramount Parks, they reopened the ride on August 18, 2006.

Flight of Fear has received many awards for its success during the years. The ride won awards in November 1995 at the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions Trade Show for best new major themed amusement ride in technology to be applied to an amusement park. In 2001, the new lap bar system won the ride another award from the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions Trade Show for technology.

Flight of Fear continues to draw enthusiasts from all over the area as its operations have resumed since 2006. The ride has received numerous changes overtime from the park, and feedback from many park guests and enthusiasts has been positive. The Flight of Fear roller coaster is located in the Congo section of Kings Dominion, and opens later than most rides at the park.

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