Freedom Flyer

On a suspended coaster, cars are free to swing side-to-side, while cars on inverted coasters are rigidly attached to the track.  This particular coaster is considered an inverted coaster despite the fact that the cars are allowed to slightly swing laterally.  The hinge point is visible above the rider's heads where the grey metal beams attach to the blue structure hanging from the track.  Two silver shock absorbers are mounted diagonally above the seats.  While the cars are in motion, the shocks compress and extend only a few inches as the seats sway a few degrees back and forth.

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