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Batwing (roller coaster)

Flying roller coaster at Six Flags America

Batwing is a steelflyingroller coaster built by Vekoma at Six Flags America in Prince George's County, Maryland. This is nearly identical to Nighthawk at Carowinds, however that ride has a slightly different ending, and different paint scheme. The ride is also a clone of the now-defunct Firehawk at Kings Island.

Of the two Vekoma Flying Dutchmans, Batwing is the only one still operating under its original name at its original park, since Nighthawk originally operated at California's Great America as Stealth. Batwing operates alongside the standard schedule of Six Flags America, excluding Holiday in the Park, during which the Gotham City area is closed to park guests.


In February 2001, it was confirmed that Six Flags America would be receiving Batwing. This attraction would be a Vekoma Flying Dutchman coaster themed to Batman. It would be built towards the back of the park in the Gotham City section. Although the ride was set to open in May 2001, the opening was delayed. On June 16, 2001, Batwing officially opened to guests. It was the first flying roller coaster on the East Coast.[1]

Ride experience[edit]


The steel track is approximately 3,340 feet (1,020 m) in length and the height of the lift is approximately 115 feet (35 m).[2]

Batwing has a total of five inversions. It features one vertical loop, two inline twists, two "Lie to Fly" and two "Fly to Lie" elements.[2] Each "Lie to Fly" and "Fly to Lie" element is counted as a half inversion.[3][4] A "Lie to Fly" element is when riders are on their backs, facing the sky and they are flipped and face the ground.[5] A "Fly to Lie" element is the opposite.


Once riders are seated and restrained, the train tilts backwards into a 'lay-down' position and dispatches. The train travels backwards out of the station, turns left and travels up the 115-foot (35 m) lift hill at a 33 degree angle. Once the train reaches the top of the lift hill, it dips down into a twist (called a "Lie-to-Fly") that turns the trains upside down into a flying position where riders face the ground. After the twist, the train travels down the first drop, reaching speeds of 51 mph (82 km/h). Riders then go through an over banked Horseshoe Curve element. Following the Horseshoe, the train enters a "Fly-to-Lie" element that turns riders back to a lay-down position. After the banked turn, the ride enters the 66-foot (20 m) tall vertical loop, where riders experience 4.3 G's. The train then goes into another "Lie-to-Fly" element. Following the loop, riders go through another turn and then hit two consecutive inline twists. Following the inline twists, the train enters the final helix. After the helix, riders hit the final "Fly-to-Lie" element and the train is slowed down on the brake run.[6][7]


Batwing currently operates with two trains. Each train has six cars that have four seats in a single row for a total of 24 riders.[2] It originally operated with three trains but was reduced to two in 2007. Riders are secured by a vest over the chest and a lap bar.

See also[edit]


  1. ^"Incredible Flying Coaster Coming to Six Flags America". Ultimate Rollercoaster.
  2. ^ abcMarden, Duane. "Batwing  (Six Flags America)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
  3. ^Marden, Duane. "Lie to Fly". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
  4. ^Marden, Duane. "Fly to Lie". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
  5. ^"Flying Coasters". Coaster Force. Archived from the original on March 24, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
  6. ^Bove, Alex. "Batwing Review, Ultimate Roller Coaster". Ultimate Roller Coaster. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
  7. ^"Batwing POV". Coaster Force. Retrieved November 17, 2012.

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Let’s step into the kitchen! That’s where you will find what we affectionately call the “bat wing” island or peninsula. In fairness to Batman fans, one of my colleagues thinks it looks more like a boomerang, but “bat wing” has stuck with me. How many resales have you walked through and encountered the island or peninsula boxing you into the kitchen?

Full disclosure: My last house rocked the Bat Wing and I’ve designed my fair share of homes with it in the 80s and 90s. My first house had this clever sink placement, but the builder hadn’t fully thought through the dishwasher located next to the angled sink cabinet. This created two obstacles.

  1. With the dishwasher open, there was very little room to stand in front of the sink full of dishes to be loaded.
  2. Once you’ve managed to load the dishwasher, you then had to add the dishwasher soap. Naturally, the soap was under the sink, which couldn’t open while the dishwasher was open.

The simple act of adding soap meant you had to close the dishwasher, open the cabinet to get the soap, close the cabinet so you could open the dishwasher again to add soap. This became a valuable safety tip: Always include a 12” drawer bank between the dishwasher and sink!

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Often, there was an overhang raised to 42” to “hide” the dirty dishes piled up in the sink. In reality, this hid nothing. With the kitchen being the center of activity, it was futile to think you were hiding anything from view as family and guest hovered around in the kitchen during meal prep or parties. The result? A 42” counter that required bulky barstools difficult for seniors and kids – and it still didn’t hide the dirty dishes! Those of us who have lived with these islands and peninsulas learned how to make it work, but boy were we relieved to find a better solution!

The Single Level Island

When the single level island was first introduced to my market, it was referred to as the “California Island” and it gained popularity immediately. Instead of attempting to hide the kitchen sink, we embraced the island’s role as a gathering point and added pendant fixtures inviting our friends and family to stay a while. The island also had immediate advantages over the peninsula, creating better circulation in and out of the kitchen. This is critical since our kitchens are high traffic spaces. The single level allows greater flexibility in its use to open the kitchen. The only potential negative is the island design often eliminates upper cabinets found in peninsula kitchen designs.

Remodelers are having a field day updating kitchens and replacing the bat wings. Just recently, we’ve had request to help folks rid their kitchens of the bat wing; one was a free-standing island, the other a peninsula. Fortunately for the owner of the bat wing island, there is a fun trend in new construction that features island with completely different cabinets and countertops. A California island set on 45-degree angle can replace the bat wing island without concern of trying to match cabinets or counter tops. The peninsula bat wing kitchen is getting a total face lift including completely opening the kitchen to not just the family room but also the living room – which in this case is where the pool table lives.

I still find builders still clinging to their bat wing kitchens. To me, this is so dated and totally impractical. The 45-degree cabinet is costlier and creates wasted space at either side of the cabinet. Savvy “HGTV” buyers recognize this as dated too and may totally write off the builder. The island is one of the easiest things to get right and make a strong impression, don’t miss out on it!

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