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Rocket, Jet Star 2 1/2

The Rocket which is a converted Jet Star 2, at one time was called the Black Hole. The Black Hole was enclosed in a tent and was I guess you would call it a dark ride. Alton Towers, who owned the ride decided they wanted to couple the trains. Since a Jet Star 2 cannot handle coupled trains, the Black Hole needed to be retro fitted and updated to a Jet Star 3. Now I am hearing that Gerstlauer was the company that converted the the supports to the same that are on a Jet Star 3 or Jumbo Jet. We 1st touched on this back in June of 2010, however we did not know that this was Alton Tower’s Black Hole (See “How do you build a Jet Star?”). I recently found this photo that is a little different than what we posted in our original post:While I was on Gerstlauer’s website, I found these promotional photos of the Rocket:This ride looks SICK and I want to ride. First stop Sweden, 2nd stop Minsk Belarus… Watch out Rocket and Jumbo Jet here I come. Let’s Ride!