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. 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.


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Sunday, October 21, 2001 8:51 AM
Ooooooooooooooooooooooh istnt it cool that us Brits can now boast about something that you Americans wont be getting first!!

So many times we have had to sit here and listen to our American colleagues harping on and on about their awsome coasters, now we will be getting two of the worlds first. The worlds first B & M Flying Coaster and the worlds highest inverted at Ingoldmells in Lincolnshire.

So along with Nemesis and the amazing Oblivion this must now suely put the UK back on track for harbouring some of the top class coasters in the world today. Now its your turn guys over in the US to get yourselves over here and ride the best.

I wondr why B & M chose the UK over the US to build their first flying coaster??????????????????????


Dont dream it, ride it!!

Sunday, October 21, 2001 9:44 AM
B&M built the world's first dive machine and flying coaster respectively at Alton Towers because the park is too proud to just put in a decent coaster, and instead has to have world's firsts! :)

I'm not saying they're not decent, but I long for a simple, honest B&M sitdown looper!


Monday, October 22, 2001 9:42 AM
Surely Alton can't put in huge coasters because of the planning restrictions so has gone down the route of putting in things that are different and newsworthy (good for the publicity). Its just about the only park in Britain that is showing innovation. UKcoasterlad - Take the stats of the new inverter at Ingoldmells with a pinch of salt until the things actually built, remember Millennium was billed as Europes largest looping structure until the bit about "circumnavigating a building" was hastily added when it was pointed out that most of Europes looping coasters were bigger!
Monday, October 22, 2001 2:49 PM
About Stealth, why are they still staying its "The World's Only True Flying Coaster,"even if Paramount already dropped the contract?

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