Riders are positioned in a face-down position underneath the track.
The world's first flying roller coaster was Skytrak, built in Manchester, United Kingdom at Granada Studios in 1997. Skytrak used a single-passenger car. Riders would climb into the car in much the same fashion as climbing a ladder, then the car would be raised up to the track before being dispatched. The single-passenger design kept the ride's capacity low, at only 240 riders per hour. The park, and Skytrak itself, were short-lived, both closing in 1998, but nevertheless the ride was the first of its kind.
In 2000, flying coasters were taken to a completely new level and started a new stage of their life when Stealth (built by Vekoma) debuted in Paramount's Great America featuring not only a lay-down running but also a 6-car with rows of 4 pasenger train pasing through twisting inversions that featured both lay-up and lay-down segments. After its success this layout was later commercialized as Flying Dutchman.
|Roller Coaster Types|
|Track Materials||Hybrid • Steel • Wooden|
|Train Configurations||4th Dimension • Bobsled • Dive Coaster • Floorless • Flying • Inverted • Mine Train • Motorbike • Pipeline • Side Friction • Spinning • Stand-Up • Suspended • Virginia Reel • Wing Coaster|
|Track Layouts||Dueling • Figure 8 • Launched • Möbius Loop • Out & Back • Racing • Shuttle • Strata Coaster • Wild Mouse|