American Eagle is an Intamin AG racing wooden roller coaster located at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois. The ride contains a helix, and several large drops. It is the first wooden roller coaster designed by Intamin AG.
American Eagle begins with several airtime hills, then concludes with helices.
- 9/9/1984: Three guests were hospitalized after two trains collided in the station.
- 9/7/1997: Four guests were slightly injured after the second and third cars on the blue train separated and collided on the brake run.
When American Eagle opened on May 23, 1981, it held five amazing world records. It stole from Beast the record of being the fastest roller coaster for 7 years until the opening of Bandit, and the largest drop on a roller coaster for 7 years until the opening of a present defunct coaster, Six Flags Great America Shock Wave. It was the tallest wooden roller coaster for 5 years until the opening of Le Monstre, the world's tallest racing wooden coaster. It also stole from Beast the record of being the fastest wooden roller coaster for an amazing 19 years until the opening of a present defunct legendary roller coaster, Son of Beast. Lastly, it had the largest drop on a wooden roller coaster for 8 years until the opening of a present defunct massive wooden coaster, Hercules at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, followed by Mean Streak at Cedar Point.American Eagle today holds 3 world records. They are the fastest wooden racing roller coaster, the longest wooden racing roller coaster, and the largest drop on a wooden racing roller coaster.
|Preceded by|| World's Fastest Roller Coaster
May 1981–March 1988