Six Flags Over Georgia is set to open its Dare Devil Dive rollercoaster in time for the Memorial Day weekend, with the first riders having already experienced the new attraction.
Dare Devil Dive is a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter coaster, featuring a 95-feet-tall lift hill and a "beyond-vertical" first drop. The ride's circuit features three inversions, a heartline roll, a "zero-gravity" hill and an Immelmann loop, with the trains hitting a top speed of 52 miles per hour.
Adding to the "aerial stunt" theme of Dare Devil Dive are an air traffic control tower alongside the ride, pylons which riders swoop between and a short tunnel towards the end of its circuit. The coaster's trains are themed to resemeble World War II-era stunt planes.
The first riders on Six Flags Over Georgia's new attraction were professional test pilots from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, with footage of the inaugural rides embedded below:
The ride is the first of its type in the world to feature lapbar restraints. Euro-Fighter rollercoasters have proven hugely popular since their introduction in 2003, but some coaster fans have complained that they offer a "rough" ride experience. The use of lapbars could help reduce the "head-banging" effect that is common with over-the-shoulder restraints.
Photographs of Dare Devil Dive in action at Six Flags Over Georgia can be seen below:
You can keep up to date with the latest confirmed and rumored opening dates for new attractions through Theme Park Tourist's "New Attraction Watch" section, and by signing up for our weekly newsletter.