Banshee at Kings Island makes its first test run

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With engineers, technicians, construction workers, managers and park general manager watching, the longest inverted roller coaster in the world, “Banshee,” screamed its way through its first test run Saturday at Kings Island.

With seven inversions, the 4,124-foot-long Banshee also ties another inverted roller coaster record. Designed exclusively for Kings Island by Switzerland-based Bolliger & Mabillard, Banshee features the following succession of breathtaking thrills: a 167-foot lift hill, 150-foot curved first drop, a dive loop, a vertical loop encircling the lift hill, a zero-gravity-roll, a pair of batwing inversions, outside loop, spiral, inline roll and carousel, all at speeds up to 68 mph.

Banshee makes its highly anticipated public debut April 18 when Kings Island opens for the 2014 season.

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