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New ride almost ready to drop

Posted: April 12, 2012 9:25 p.m.
Updated: April 12, 2012 9:25 p.m.
A helicopter lifts crucial pieces of the new Lex Luthor Drop of Doom ride,  which is currently under construction, to the top of the Superman tower at Six Flags Magic Mountain.  A helicopter lifts crucial pieces of the new Lex Luthor Drop of Doom ride,  which is currently under construction, to the top of the Superman tower at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
A helicopter lifts crucial pieces of the new Lex Luthor Drop of Doom ride, which is currently under construction, to the top of the Superman tower at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
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That helicopter hovering near the Interstate 5 freeway early Thursday dangling big metal beams was helping construct Six Flags Magic Mountain’s newest “drop ride,” the Lex Luthor Drop of Doom.

Taking advantage of a break from the rainy weather, the helicopter made a 30-minute visit about 7:30 a.m. Thursday to lift crucial pieces for the ride to the top of the Superman Tower, park spokeswoman Sue Carpenter said.

The two big braces at the top of the 415-foot tower will support workers creating the ride.

Once it opens this spring, Lex Luthor Drop of Doom will be the world’s tallest vertical ride, Carpenter said.

Riders will sit inside floorless gondolas on two vertical tracks that flank each side of the Superman: Escape from Krypton tower.

“It will drop at over 85 mph at over 400 feet,” Carpenter said.

Riders will also experience five seconds of freefall before the 40-story plunge.

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