Hypersonic XLC

Like the "Turbo Drop" and "Space Shot" towers built by S&S Worldwide (formerly S&S Sports and S&S Power, Inc.), Hypersonic used tanks of compressed air.  The "shot tanks" were here under the launching area, while storage tanks were located within the 165-foot tower.  An electric motor continuously powered an air compressor to provide a source of high-pressure air.  The amount of air used to launch one train varied depending on the weight of the train and its riders as determined by strain gauges in the track.  

S&S air tanks and train

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