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American Eagle to Fly Backwards at Six Flags Great America Starting August 31


Gurnee, IL, USA (August 22, 2013) — Six Flags Great America announced today that guests will be able to experience the iconic American Eagle roller coaster riding backward beginning Labor Day Weekend, August 31. Labor Day Weekend also marks the last chance to ride the wooden roller coaster, Viper backward.

American Eagle has been providing thrills for over 30 years and has held the title of the world’s tallest, fastest and longest racing wooden roller coaster since its introduction in 1981. While this is not the first time that the American Eagle has assumed the backwards position, it’s surely a fan favorite.


“We couldn’t have picked a better ride to round out our season of backward thrills. We offered the American Eagle backwards during the ride’s 30th anniversary and our guests have been begging for another chance to experience it,” said park president, Hank Salemi.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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