Flashback (Six Flags Magic Mountain)

Flashback was a steel roller coaster made by Intamin of Switzerland. The coaster was located in the Six Flags Plaza area of Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. The model of the ride, a Space Diver coaster, was supposed to be mass-produced, only for Flashback to be the only installation.

Previously known as Z-Force (1985-1990)
An artist's renderation of Flashback when it was known as Z Force.
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Park sectionSix Flags Plaza
Coordinates34.424597°N 118.595542°W / 34.424597; -118.595542
Opening dateApril 25, 1992 (1992-04-25)
Closing date2003 (2003)
Six Flags Over Georgia
Opening date1988 (1988)
Closing date1990 (1990)
Six Flags Great America
Coordinates42.366099°N 87.931116°W / 42.366099; -87.931116
Opening date1985 (1985)
Closing date1987 (1987)
Replaced byIron Wolf
General statistics
DesignerWerner Stengel
ModelSpace Diver
Lift/launch systemChain lift hill
Height86 ft (26 m)
Drop34 ft (10 m)
Length1,900 ft (580 m)
Speed35 mph (56 km/h)
Max vertical angle89°
Capacity1,100 riders per hour
Height restriction48 in (122 cm)
Trains3 trains with 5 cars. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 20 riders per train.
Flashback at RCDB
Pictures of Flashback at RCDB


Six Flags Great America (19851987)

Flashback first opened in 1985 at Six Flags Great America (at Gurnee, Illinois) as Z-Force. In 1987, the ride was closed.[2] The site was later used for a Bolliger & Mabillard stand-up roller coaster named Iron Wolf.

Six Flags Over Georgia (19881990)

Following the ride's closure at Six Flags Great America, it was relocated to Six Flags Over Georgia, west of Atlanta.[3] It opened in 1988 before closing two years later in 1990.[3]

Six Flags Magic Mountain (19922007)

The ride's final relocation was to Six Flags Magic Mountain in California.[4] As part of the relocation, the ride was renamed from Z-Force to Flashback.[4] It opened at the park in 1992.[1]

The ride was closed from 2003 until 2007.[4] On January 23, 2007, the park announced that Flashback would be removed along with Psyclone.[5] Originally, the park stated that Flashback may be re-built within the park for 2008, however it was dismantled and scrapped in December 2007.[4]


Ride experience

Flashback was the world's only hairpin-drop roller coaster, with 6 head-over-heels dives and a 540-degree upward spiral. It was also the only Space Dive coaster ever to be built.[2] It was all packed into a relatively small area with 1,900 feet (580 m) of track stacked above each other. The drops were severe, producing a free-fall experience on the plunges; fast steel switchbacks connected the turns just before trains flew into the gravity-defying upward spiral. Trains reached a max of 35 miles per hour (56 km/h), with a 3-g force on the one and a half minute ride.


Throughout its life, Flashback's track was painted blue with white supports.[2][3][4] The style of track used on this coaster would later be the signature track style of coasters built by Bolliger & Mabillard.


The ride featured three trains, each with five cars. Each car featured riders arranged 4 across for a total of 20 riders per train. The trains were manufactured by Giovanola.[2][3][4] When Flashback was known as Z-Force, the trains were painted all blue with a navy blue stripe running down on the sides of the train. The restraints were also blue.[2][3] After its relocation to Six Flags Magic Mountain, Flashback's trains were repainted red with a white chasis and a white stripe on the sides of each car. The restraints were also repainted blue.[4]


  1. "Magic Mountain Plans to Add $4-Million Ride". Los Angeles Times. 17 December 1991. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  2. Marden, Duane. "Z-Force  (Six Flags Great America)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  3. Marden, Duane. "Z-Force  (Six Flags Over Georgia)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  4. Marden, Duane. "Flashback  (Six Flags Magic Mountain)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  5. "Six Flags Magic Mountain to dismantle two roller coasters". ThrillNetwork. 23 January 2007. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
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