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Kings Island to offer new coaster for 2014

Published: Thursday, August 08, 2013 @ 10:41 PM
Updated: Friday, August 09, 2013 @ 9:45 AM


            Kings Island to offer new coaster for 2014

Kings Island on Thursday night announced the details of its newest attraction for 2014, what it’s calling the “world’s longest inverted coaster.”

Banshee is being touted by the park as the world’s longest inverted roller coaster at 4,124 feet of steel track.

“The new attraction will be available next year when we open the park in April of 2014,” said Don Helbig, spokesman for Kings Island.

The thrill ride — the 15th roller coaster at Kings Island — hits a top speed of 68 mph and will be located on the same site as the former Son of Beast roller coaster, Helbig said.

Park officials said Banshee will also offer seven mind-bending inversions during the 2-minute, 40-second ride. Built over hilly terrain and incorporating the most exciting features of the very best inverted roller coasters in the world, Banshee will feature several unique elements that distinguish the ride from others.

The ride begins with a lift taking riders up to the maximum height of 167 feet. After plunging down 150 feet, riders will go through a dive loop, followed by a vertical loop, zero gravity roller, two batwing inversions, a second vertical loop and a 170-foot long heartline finale.

Two of the most unique features about Banshee are the massive size of every loop, and unlike other roller coasters, the top speed isn’t reached until halfway through the ride’s course.

Since Banshee’s lift hill is on a higher elevation of terrain than the other side of the ride that goes down into a valley, the total elevation change is 208 feet from the highest point at the top of the lift hill to the lowest point, which is the bottom of the batwing between loops four and five.

Passengers will be seated in cars four across. A total of three trains, each containing eight cars, will enable Banshee to accommodate approximately 1,650 riders per hour.

Banshee will be the 15th roller coaster at Kings Island, which is home to some of the top-ranked roller coasters in annual industry and enthusiast polls including The Beast and Diamondback, and represents the biggest new product investment in the park’s 41-year history at $24 million.

Banshee was designed by Bolliger and Mabillard of Monthey, Switzerland, one of the premier leaders in roller coaster development.

It’s the first female-inspired thrill ride at a Cedar Fair Entertainment Company amusement park, officials said.

Construction of the new attraction began April 22 in the park’s Action Zone, according to park officials.

The dismantling of Son of Beast began around Labor Day 2012 after park executives decided to shut it down in 2009.

When Son of Beast opened it 2000, it was promoted as a “sequel” to the park’s most famous ride — the Beast. When it opened, Son of Beast set world records as the tallest wooden roller coaster at 218 feet and fastest wooden coaster with top speeds of 78 mph. The coaster also contained a mammoth 118-foot loop, a rarity for a wooden roller coaster.

The ride was beset with problems from the start. Then-Kings Island owner Paramount fired Roller Coaster Company of Ohio, the company hired to engineer and build the ride, before the construction was completed and had to make several design corrections in the ride’s initial year.

According to estimates, more than 7 million people rode Son of Beast in its nine-plus seasons of operation.

Honey Boo Boo has a new niece

Published: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 @ 11:06 PM
Updated: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 @ 11:06 PM

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Honey Boo Boo's family expanded as they welcomed a new niece Wednesday.

Alana Thompson and her family – Mama June, sisters Pumpkin and Jessica and dad Sugar Bear – introduced Kylee Madison Cardwell, daughter of sister Anna (Chickadee) and husband Michael in a Facebook post.

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Here’s the announcement she posted:

“Anna aka chickadee and michaels new baby born kylee Madison cardwell today 1206pm 19 long 7lbs 2 Oz looks just like Kaitlyn when she was born besides the red tint to the hair she is beautiful mama and baby r doing fine and we r getting to spend time with Kaitlyn.”

Anna aka chickadee and michaels new baby born kylee Madison cardwell today 1206pm 19 long 7lbs 2 Oz looks just like...

Posted by Alana Thompson (Honey Boo Boo) on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

2014 4th of July fireworks, parades, events

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 5:48 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 03, 2013 @ 10:34 AM

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Excitement for all at 2014 Air Show

Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014 @ 2:50 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014 @ 2:50 PM


            Excitement for all at 2014 Air Show

The 2014 Vectren Dayton Air Show presented by Kroger offers excitement, history, and fascinating displays for all ages and interests. Among the featured performers at this year’s event on June 28 and 29 are: 

U.S. Navy Blue AngelsThe U.S. Navy Blue Angels is one of the world’s most sought-after air show teams and is back in Dayton for the 2014 air show. 

U.S. Marine Corps C-130 “Fat Albert”One airplane in the Blue Angels fleet gets its own billing, and it isn’t one of the supersonic Hornet jets. It’s “Fat Albert,” a U.S. Marine Corps C-130 Hercules airlifter. Fat Albert is the team’s support plane, but it flies its own solo performance at air shows, demonstrating the surprising nimbleness of the four-turboprop transport. 

U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier — The U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier will show off its gravity-defying vertical flight at this year’s show. The ability of a combat jet to take off and land vertically was a major breakthrough in aircraft technology. The Harrier was the first VSTOL (vertical/short takeoff and landing) jet in the Marine inventory. 

F-86 Sabre — Air show visitors will enjoy watching this North American combat fighter zip through the skies showcasing it’s amazing maneuverability! The North American F-86 Sabre was America’s first swept-wing fighter jet and a match for the MiG-15, the Soviet adversary it encountered in the skies over Korea. The Sabre was designed in the 1940s as a subsonic fighter aircraft. It entered service with the Air Force in 1949 to become the primary U.S. air combat fighter in the Korean War. By the end of hostilities, F-86 pilots had shot down 792 MiGs at a loss of only 76 Sabres, a victory ratio of 10 to 1, according to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

U.S. Air Force Wings of Blue — This precision parachuting demonstration by Air Force’s official skydiving team will include a local element: Cadet Cameron Potts, a 2011 Carroll High School graduate will be jumping with the team. Cameron said he was inspired to serve, in part, by his grandfathers and by his visits to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and the air show.

Team AeroShell — A crowd favorite for over 25 years, Team AeroShell is a loud and proud flying formation team that was formed to inspire the masses with thrilling aerobatic formation flying. Rumbling over the skies of Dayton with their four powerful Pratt & Whitney engines with 600 horsepower, this award-winning team based in Birmingham, Alabama, will remind us of yesteryear when the colorful AT-6G Texan aircraft complete with a big smoke system take to the air. National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinees -— Two will thrill the audience with daring areobatic manuevers: Patti Wagstaff and Sean D. Tucker.

Wagstaff’s breathtaking performances give airshow spectators a front-row seat view of the precision and complexity of modern, unlimited hard-core aerobatics. Having trained with the Russian Aerobatic Team, Wagstaff has won the gold, silver and bronze medals in Olympic-level international aerobatic competition and is the first woman to win the title of US National Aerobatic champion and one of the few people to win it three times. 

 Tucker isn’t satisfied unless he is learning, refining a skill or conquering a fear. He has been flying air shows worldwide since the mid-1970s. In that time, he’s won numerous aerobatic competitions and flown more than 1,200 performances at more than 450 air shows before more than 100 million fans. Shockwave Jet Truck — The world famous Shockwave Jet Truck will create a spectacle of smoke, fire, noise and speed as it shoots fireballs, billows smoke and hurtles down the runway speeds of more than 300 miles per hour. The popular truck is returning to Dayton as part of its 30th anniversary tour. Shockwave is a Peterbilt tractor radically modified with three J34-48 jet engines that produce 36,000 horsepower. Shockwave holds the Guiness world record for the fastest jet truck at 376 miles per hour.
Join in the flying

Those who want to be a part of the excitement will have the opportunity to climb aboard and purchase a flight in a real Vietnam era UH-1H “Huey” helicopter or an actual AH-1F Cobra Attack Helicopter.And, of course, there will be a number of static displays for those who enjoy wandering and asking questions in between the feats of aerial daring.

The air show starts at noon both days and is at the Dayton International Airport, 3800 Wright Drive in Vandalia. For up-to-the-minute air show news, please visit: www.daytonairshow.com

U.S. Navy Blue Angels Fact Sheet

Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014 @ 2:58 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014 @ 2:58 PM


            U.S. Navy Blue Angels Fact Sheet

Specs:

F/A-18 Hornet

  • Manufacturer: Boeing
  • Engines/thrust: 2 F404-GE-402 18,000 lb. thrust each
  • Length: 56 feet
  • Wingspan: 40 feetRange: 575 miles combat radius
  • Max Speed: Mach 1.8

 

C-130T “Fat Albert”

  • Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin
  • Engines/thrust: 4 turboprop 18,000 shaft hp.
  • Length: 99 feet
  • Wingspan: 132 feet
  • Max weight: 155,000 lbs.
  • Range: 2,700 miles
  • Max Speed: 370 mph

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels is one of America’s premier flight demonstration squadrons. Blue Angels performances draw more than 11 million spectators over a typical air show season. In 2014, Dayton is one of just 34 places in North America where spectators will be able to watch the Blues fly.

Based at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, the Blue Angels fly six powerful Boeing F/A-18 Hornets during their tightly choreographed, high-energy demonstration -- sometimes flying as little as 18 inches apart. 

A Blue Angels flight demonstration exhibits choreographed refinements of skills possessed by all naval aviators. It includes the graceful aerobatic maneuvers of the four-plane Diamond Formation, in concert with the fast-paced, high-performance maneuvers of its two solo pilots. Finally, the team illustrates the pinnacle of precision flying, performing maneuvers locked as a unit in the renowned, six-jet Delta Formation. 

Leading the 2014 squadron as Blue Angel No. 1 is Cdr. Thomas “Boss” Frosch of Clinton Township, Mich. Blue Angel No. 2 is Lt. Cdr. John Hiltz, a native of Fort Mitchell, Ky., and a 1998 Covington Catholic High School graduate. 

The Navy formed the demonstration squadron in 1946. Planning a show in New York, a squadron member came across the name of the city’s famous Blue Angel nightclub in the New Yorker magazine, and the team adopted it. The squadron’s mission is to enhance Navy recruiting and credibly represent Naval and Marine Corps aviation to the United States and its armed forces to America and other countries as international ambassadors of good will. 

The Blue Angels’ support airplane, a Lockheed C-130 Hercules affectionately nicknamed “Fat Albert,” is a star in its own right. The four-engine propjet weighs 155,000 pounds fully loaded, but its all-Marine crew puts it through a jaw-dropping routine in advance of the jet team’s performance. 

On takeoff, the burly airlifter noses up into a maximum-effort climb, shooting skyward at a 45-degree angle to an altitude of 1,000 feet to simulate a departure in a hostile combat environment. Fat Albert’s crew concludes with a short-field landing demonstration, bringing the aircraft to a full stop in less than 1,000 feet. 

Longtime air show fans may remember when Fat Albert’s takeoff was a noisy spectacle of fire and smoke, aided by JATO rockets. But JATOs haven’t been produced since the Vietnam era, and Fat Albert used up the last known stockpile in 2009. Fat Albert’s command pilot for the 2014 season is USMC Capt. 

A. J. Harrell of Frederick, Md. Visit www.blueangels.navy.mil for more information.