“Air” is definitely on my bucket list! No matter who you are, whether you do or don’t like roller coasters there is no reason why anyone wouldn’t want to try a simulated life like version of flying.
“Air” is a steel flying roller coaster located in the United Kingdom. You will have to travel to Staffordshire to get to the theme park “Alton Towers”. I used to live four hours away and I cant understand why the hell I never went. Bolliger & Mabillard the Swiss manufactures made the first ever flying roller coaster. Riders get strapped into a prone position and experience the feeling of flight by flying close to the ground, under footpaths and gliding narrowly past objects such as trees, plants, rocks and rivers.
Air was formerly sponsored by Cadbury Heroes and it’s slogan is “Assume the position.”
The ride’s height is 82ft (25 m) and it’s drop is 67ft (20 m). It’s not one of the biggest rollercoaster ever made but who cares? This is as unique as it can get. Personally, I am a thrill seeker but just to ride something so different laying flat on your belly would be awesome!
The idea for Air came to fruition after many years of planning and construction started towards the beginning of 2001. Advertisers for the ride were placed around the theme park towards the end of the same year. Testing the ride began in early 2002, as Air is one of the world’s most technologically advanced rides ever to be made and the ride opened on March 2002 at a cost of a whopping 12 million pounds.($19.6 million dollars). Goofy looking crash test dummies were used for testing the ride. The passengers of the first ride were the manufacturers and the designers. After more adjustments, the ride was open to the public in 2002.Which made it Alton Towers ride of the year.
During the first year of opening the ride, there were many breakdowns and malfunctions but towards the end on 2002 they were reduced and problems are now rare. When it was launched, ride designers said that the way forward for roller coasters was to go higher and faster. Air’s popularity suggested that this was not the case, and that roller coaster enthusiasts seek unique, different ride experiences, not just bigger and taller thrill rides. Which I completely agree with. Many roller coasters just seem like they are always in competition for the highest and steepest drops.
If any of you have ridden this ride, then you are one lucky son of a gun!
Current Coaster Name: Air Current Park Name: Alton Towers Previous Ride Name(s): N/A Location: Staffordshire, England Status: Operating Links: http://www.altontowers.com/ Cost: $12.000.000
Type: Steel Flying Opened: 16 March 2002 Designer: Bolliger and Mabillard Features: Dual Station, Terrain, 2 Underground Tunnels Height: 65 feet Max Drop: N/A Max Speed: 47 mph Length: 2756 feet Acceleration: Inversions: 1 Duration: 3.09 Trains: 3 Capacity: 1500 per hour