AIR rises over Alton Towers landscape

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2001 4:19 AM | Contributed by Matt Cross

AIR's station track and lift hill are now complete. Workers are working through the night to get this monster built! Next to go up is the turn around, first decent and first half inversion. Supports are already up. Expect the rise to be virtually structurly complete by the end of October.

Many photos have been added recently and expect more updates soon.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 5:22 AM
I just cant wait to see those trains
Tuesday, September 18, 2001 5:52 AM
The trains will be Foxy!
Tuesday, September 18, 2001 10:48 AM
...Or as Jeff would say, Sexy! ;)

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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 12:09 PM
What are the stats for AIR?


Or where can i find them?

Tuesday, September 18, 2001 12:22 PM
This ride will be so SWEET! Too bad it's not going up in the US! I hope those selfish Brits don't have an exclusivity contract on this one! I can't wait for a US version!
Tuesday, September 18, 2001 1:07 PM
more than likely irondraggon there will be a contract between Alton Towers and B&M. But as stated in past topics, I don't blame them they've been workin hard on this project for about what 6-8 years. If i were Alton Towers I'd wanna keep liberty of the only B&M flying coaster for some time.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 1:53 PM
If I hear one more Yank complain about our coaster selection...
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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 5:40 PM
Will it have the "B&M Dip"?

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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 7:06 PM
I looks as if it doesn't. Mark 2 up for B&M without the dip after the lift. (Nitro and AIR)

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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 11:51 PM
Good luck Alton in running this coaster!
Wednesday, September 19, 2001 12:46 PM
I know we don't know any stats yet, but judging from the pictures, this doesn't look tall at all! Anyone know the height?
Wednesday, September 19, 2001 1:09 PM
Pezmanguy3: Alton are heavily restricted when building new rides due to planning regulations - nothing is meant to be above tree height. Where the park excells is using this to their advantage with theming and use of underground sections (Nemesis, the B and M inverter being the best example). So even if the stats don't look too impressive,in no way should you write this ride off.
Wednesday, September 19, 2001 2:42 PM
I must say, although I'm looking forward to this coaster and I think the ride sensation will be unrivalled, the model does make it look as if it only dives into one pit.  On paper, I would prefer more trenches.  I am currently doubting this will be better than Nemesis, but it'll probably be the No.2 UK ride. *** This post was edited by Pleasurewood Thrills on 9/19/2001. ***
Friday, September 21, 2001 3:03 PM
Where did the train sketches go to?
Saturday, September 22, 2001 3:26 AM
I too don't think this coaster will beat Nemesis - that'll take a lot of doing and also, I don't think this coaster needs to be 'tall' considering it's type and the layout to make a great ride. I like the way that people have mixed feelings about this coaster even though it's a B&M and been in the workshop for 8 years... funny. Prepare for Air.

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Saturday, September 22, 2001 2:05 PM
Train idea sketches?  Try these:

We've seen the station, and it's definitely "inverted" track, so I would think the "Updated Animation" is quite an accurate guess.

Sunday, September 23, 2001 1:17 AM
There are some updated photos on AA, the lift hill, turn around, first drop and first inversion are now almost complete. *** This post was edited by Steve T on 9/23/2001. ***

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