Specific Type: Launched Shuttle Looper
Watch out for the tumbleweed and sandstorms as you visit Frontier City in Oklahoma City. This small and very unique park is themed after the Wild West and gives every member of the family something to do as fun awaits all ages. The park has multiple coasters that will appeal to everyone in your family. One coaster you will want to try out is Diamond Back. Do not get this confused with the mammoth coaster at Kings Island as this coaster is much older and a totally different style.
Diamond Back was built in 1978 by Arrow Dynamics and placed at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey. The name of the coaster there was Lightnin’ Loops. The coaster was relocated to Frontier City in 1993 where it has been in operation ever since. Diamond Back is a launched shuttle platform steel coaster (Yes I know that is a mouthful). Many of these rides popped up in the 1970s in major parks and then were relocated when the parks began to build bigger hyper coasters. So many small parks like Frontier City were able to land these legends.
The steel sit down coaster was painted green and black until 2007 when the park painted it yellow and blue to spruce it up. There is only one train because it is a shuttle and the train can hold 24 passengers.
Passengers board the train after walking up 50 plus feet to the platform. The train is launched down the drop of 47 feet at 45 mph. The train then goes through the big loop and up to the other side where it hits the brakes. The train then moves forward to the backward launch system and sits until the ride operator sends you flying backwards through the same track. Riders get the feeling of 4Gs going both directions. The train comes to a stop at the first launch station and you have just completed your 1 plus minute ride aboard the Diamond Back!
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