AIR: A different type of flight

Posted Thursday, October 18, 2001 4:23 AM | Contributed by Wayne_TowersTimes

Flying is about to take on a whole new meaning at Alton Towers next year as they reveal their most technically advanced roller coaster so far, the flying coaster. Different to Vekoma's version, this ride will see riders board the trains underneath the track and travel up the lift hill underneath the track, the experience should give a superman flying feel and will complete the first flying corkscrew element ever seen.

In march 2001 the construction site was just that, a patch of mud. But now, over three-fourths of the track has been erected.

sw5live.com recently updated with nearly 20 new on-site pictures and an exclusive photograph of the artists impression of the rides shop, seen only in the staff head quaters.

Link: SW5LIVE

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Thursday, October 18, 2001 4:30 AM
That looks phenomenal!!  I'd love to hear from someone about how they plan on doing a flying corkscrew though!  Seems that the G's might be tough to pull comfortably.  Any guesses?
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Thursday, October 18, 2001 5:00 AM
Station looks nice!! ride looks great, just can't wait to see how the trains and restraints are gonna look.......
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Thursday, October 18, 2001 5:02 AM
its B&M, im sure the corkcsrew will be sweet.
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Thursday, October 18, 2001 6:15 AM
WOW!! That ride looks AWESOME !! I wonder what the cost ?
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Thursday, October 18, 2001 6:26 AM
Good thing those of us in the states won't have to travel all the way to England to ride a B&M Flyer next year. Looks sweet ;-)
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Thursday, October 18, 2001 6:42 AM
I can't wait to make the 350 mile drive to ride AIR next March

AIR costs £12,000,000 (about $17,500,000)

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Thursday, October 18, 2001 7:24 AM
damn... i'm on my way to the post office to pay my $65 and take my oath for my US passport... because i'm on my way to AltonTowers for the 2002 season... i had been making plans to go abroad somewhere and now i guess i know where i'm headed... that ride looks awesome and that corkscrew... B&M when are you sending air to the states... please please please like a little child wanting junk food out the candy store...
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Thursday, October 18, 2001 9:05 AM
I sure hope Continental restores those non-stops to London from Cleveland soon. ;)

I think the reason the corkscrew can work on a B&M flying coaster, with the train on the outside of the inversion, is because they have the uncanny ability to produce perfect floating sensations through inversions. Think about some of the zero-G rolls they've done. They always manage to get the forces just right.

Turn the Vekoma-built screws on Stealth inside out and tell me how comfortable that would be! ;)

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Thursday, October 18, 2001 9:31 AM
Mamoosh wrote: Good thing those of us in the states won't have to travel all the way to England to ride a B&M Flyer next year.

Hehe, no doubt Moosh, and it'll be only 20mi away from where I live, since I'm moving in April!

No, this new coaster is not the reason we're moving, but it sure doesn't hurt!

JC, who wonders what the stats on the new US Flyer will be, and if it will beat AIR to be the first open, wouldn't that be funny! :)

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Thursday, October 18, 2001 10:33 AM
There will be built a B & M flyer in the jurasic section of IOA in 2002
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Thursday, October 18, 2001 10:50 AM
Danish:  that may be so for IOA, but it is not the US installation I am referring to.  Try a few hundred miles to the north.
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Thursday, October 18, 2001 10:53 AM
A few hundred miles, eh?  That could mean SFoG, Carowinds, Wild Adventures, and to a greater extent anything in VA, OH or PA.
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Thursday, October 18, 2001 11:58 AM
I think he is refering to CP.

That would be sweet if IOA got one because I am going to IOA next summer! Looks like I am gonna have to go to London in the near future! This thing looks sweet!

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Thursday, October 18, 2001 12:20 PM
Do we have any proof about a flyer here in the States?
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Thursday, October 18, 2001 12:36 PM
He is not referring to Cedar Point. He is referring to a park in the south.
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Thursday, October 18, 2001 12:39 PM
That would acually be a nice addition to a park at the other end of OH- PKI. Just imagine a B&M flyer going through dense forest. That would be awesome. Plus, if my suspicions are right, that would be a great attraction to put in the new expanded area. I have a feeling that PKI will expand in the next 5 years.

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Thursday, October 18, 2001 12:42 PM
They are talking about Six Flags over Georgia.
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Thursday, October 18, 2001 12:53 PM
Carowinds? HA! I wish. Yeah it'll go to SFOG.
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Thursday, October 18, 2001 1:27 PM
I'm sorry guys, but I'm really out of the loop on this ride. Can someone explain what the "flying corkscrew" element is? Thanks

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