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.
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? ----------------- I rode "X" and never went upside down.
*** This post was edited by Homey G. on 10/18/2001. ***
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...
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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A few hundred miles, eh? That could mean SFoG, Carowinds, Wild Adventures, and to a greater extent anything in VA, OH or PA. ----------------- Scott W. Short mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.midwestcoastercentral.com
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.