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Tatsu

February 6, 2011

In Japanese Tatsu means flying beast and does that ever fit this coaster. Tatsu is a large flying coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain, it broke the record for world’s tallest, fastest, longest, and just about anything else, flying coaster. A flying coaster is one that tilts you so that your back is toward the rails as you ride, it is quite a feeling.

You start your journey at the top of Samurai Summit in a Japanese temple where you see the dual loading station where two trains are loaded at the same time to provide better capacity. As you sit in the seat you will notice the odd restraints, as you pull down the shoulder harness/lap bar combo, flaps by your feet close to keep your feet from hanging off. Then a strange thing happens, the trains tilt forwards so you are lying on your stomach when you start moving. You climb up the fast long but fast lift up 170 feet, at the top it is pretty creepy looking down at the trees so far below, but then you start moving. You curve around the parks sky tower, close to the ground and into a corkscrew/twist to the right. For the first time we are looking into the sun, but this only lasts for a second before you dive towards the ground again. Next you flip through another twist to the left over the station. This leads into the Horseshoe element (kind of an over-banked turn for flyers). This is a good break from the inversions and it feels like you are truly a bird at this point. You ride through another turn and into the ride’s main element, the Pretzel Loop.

The Pretzel Loop is quite possibly one of the most intense inversions ever,       

it does look just like that salty snack that we all know and love. At the top you get a small bit of airtime, which is crazy at this angle. Then you dive headfirst into this upside-down loop. At the bottom the centripetal force is incredible but awesome. At the other side you get a small bit of airtime again before a sharp turn to the left. This leads into a heart-line roll which is taken at a good speed. The last trick this flying beast has is a downward helix onto the break run.

I consider this to be the “perfect” flying coaster and I can’t find anything wrong with it. so i am giving it a 10 out of 10.

Have you ridden Tatsu? What do you think? Please comment. Thanks for reading. 🙂

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