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Air at Alton TowersSubmitted by Nick on Monday, May 28, 2012 19:45
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Mar 16, 2002
Opened in 2002 at a cost of £12 million, Air was the world's first B&M Flying Coaster. Following in the footsteps of Nemesis and Oblivion, the ride continued Alton Towers' tradition of building "first-of-a-kind" roller coasters.
Located close to Nemesis in Forbidden Valley but featuring minimal theming, Air aims to recreate the experience of flying. Guests board the ride in a seated position, but the seats rotate to leave them facing the ground before the ride enters its opening lift hill.
After plunging down its first drop and a 180-degree bend, Air's trains swoop down towards the ground below. The track then twists so that riders are lying on their backs, before rotating again and passing through a short tunnel. After a 360-degree barrel roll, the train hits the brake run and returns to the station.
Upcoming refurbishments, rehabs and closures
We are not aware of any scheduled refurbishment periods for Air. Do you know of any upcoming "rehabs" that we're missing? If so - please contact us so that we can keep the list up-to-date.