Friday, October 10, 2014

A Cheetah and the Cheetah Hunt Ride from Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens
Cheetah Up Close

This is postmarked in 2014 with a Primrose Flower stamp.
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Cheetah Hunt
Busch Gardens

The sender writes:
I love cheetahs! They are such beautiful, amazing cats.
Cheetah Hunt is an AWESOME roller coaster! So fast and fun!
Love you!

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 with a USA 'Aster' flower stamp.

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Cheetah Hunt is an Intamin launched steel roller coaster. Guests board one of five, 16 passenger trains.  The ride begins with a 30-mile-per-hour (48 km/h) launch out of the station and around a wide left turn followed by a gradual dip before approaching the second launch. This launch accelerates riders to their top speed of 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) before climbing an 102-foot (31 m) hill. A figure 8 element is located at the top of this hill where riders weave through a series of helixes before dropping 130 feet (40 m) into a trench. Riders then proceed over a directional changing airtime hill before completing the ride's only inversion, a Heartline roll. Upon exiting the barrel-roll and its subsequent brake run (the only one on the ride), the ride remains low to the ground and goes through a series of short banked turns through a rock fixture simulating several "near misses". This leads the ride into its third and final launch which accelerates riders to a speed of 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) to navigate its way back to the station. During the journey back there is airtime and directionally changing hills, before entering the final brake run.

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