Archive for the ‘Jet Star 2 1/2’ Category
Since we did several posts about the Jet Star 2… I thought it was time to get up close and personal with what I call a Jet Star 2 1/2. It has the layout of a Jet Star 2, with the support beams of a Jumbo Jet or Jet Star 3 and can support 2 cars in a train. This is Furuvik’s Rocket (Alton Tower’s Black Hole):
I found this interesting clip and thought I would post it of this Jet Star 2 (A.K.A. Jet Star 2 1/2) in Furuvik, Sweden. This it the same Jet Star 2 that was at Alton Towers and was called the “Black Hole” and Gerstlauer refurbished and sent to Sweden. Notice how new and clean it looks and also sounds like a brand new coaster.
Now I want to go to Sweden just to ride this Jet Star 2 1/2. I even love the colors. Real close to the color of Cedar Point’s Jumbo Jet and WildCat. Let’s Ride!!!
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!
The Gerstlauer Jet Star II has landed at Furuvik Zoo and Amusement Park in Gävle Municipality, Gävleborg County, Sweden. We first reported this on March 31 2011 with a post titled Jet Star 2 Looks like a Jumbo Jet Jr. The proof is in the video:
The website also shows the Jet Star II:
However the satellite still does not show the ride from above: