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Face-down freefall opens at Busch Gardens


After a summer of setbacks, Busch Gardens Tampa is now taking guests to new heights on Falcon’s Fury. From Intamin, the attraction is the first drop tower of its kind in the world and the tallest freestanding drop tower in North America


ike its bird of prey namesake, riders on the 335ft-tall (102 m) Falcon’s Fury pivot in midair to a face-down dive position. Then they plunge 60mph (97km/h) at 3.5Gs straight down with speed and power. Located in the Timbuktu area of the Florida


park, Falcon’s Fury is visible from any location and even across the Tampa Bay area. It was officially opened on 16 August.


Intamin is marketing the concept, which is based on the same basic principles as its Gyro Drop towers, as Sky Jump. The ring structure that travels along the tower comprises eight tilting vehicles, each carrying four passengers. On the way up, riders sit with their feet dangling and can enjoy the views before the seats are tilted 95° forward while approaching the top of the tower. Once at the top, the vehicle stops for a few seconds with the passengers in a horizontal position just like skydivers. A catch car is used to release the structure ready for that high speed plunge. The seats are then moved backwards when approaching the braking section, returning passengers back to a vertical position.


“Sky Jump is another milestone in the development of freefall towers and guarantees extreme sensations never experienced before,” says Intamin executive vice-president Sascha Czibulka. “Despite the impressive height, it is in particular the position of the riders th makes Falcon’s Fury such a breathtaking experience.”


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