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Six Flags St Louis has released photographs of the first riders on board its new SkyScreamer tower ride, which opens to the public on May 14, 2011.

The park held a special preview event on May 12, during which the first 1000 guests were able to experience SkyScreamer for free. At 236-feet-tall, the new ride is now the tallest attraction at Six Flags St Louis and has been opened in time for the park's 40th anniversary season.

SkyScreamer is a vertigo-inducing variation on the classic "Chair-O-Plane" attraction, and sees riders swinging in a 98-foot circle around a central tower. Reaching a top of speed of over 43 miles per hour, they are able to take in panoramic views of the park and its surroundings. Guests are seated in 2-seater swings, each of which provides a "front row seat". Sitting at the top of the ride is a globe that can be seen from several miles away.

The photos below show Erik Lindbergh and the Wings of Hope pilots taking the inaugural flight on SkyScreamer. Lingbergh is the grandson of Charles Lindbergh, who flew a historic solo flight from Long Island to Paris in 1927.

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Six Flags St Louis' new addition is located in the Illinois section of the park, close to the Screamin' Eagle rollercoaster. Manufactured by Funtime, the ride is a StarFlyer model similar to others seen at amusement parks all over the world.

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