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Air at Alton Towers

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Forbidden Valley

Roller coaster

Opening Date:
Mar 16, 2002

Closure Date:
Mar 23, 2016

Opened in 2002 at a cost of £12 million, Air was Europe'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.

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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.

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Reviews of Air:

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)
on Monday, July 01, 2013 19:11

My first and every other flying coaster experience I've had has been on air. The smooth, exciting coaster which gives the feeling of flight. Not fiction this coaster actually make you feel like you're flying. Near misses and easy inversions make this experience surreal - sure the scenery is lacking but the fact that I could fall asleep on this coaster makes it different from the rest. The lie down part could actually send me to sleep. A lack of scenery can be excused for this foothill swooping and soaring coaster. Great but not the best at alton towers

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)
on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 07:02

Let's be realistic here, Air is not a tad on Nemesis or Oblivion in terms of thrill, but it is sure better than them! The queue line is very immersive and although it lacks theming, it takes you through a windy path where you can see the ride in action whilst waiting! Then you get on, two trains in two stations means better throughput than most AT rides however, the disorientating thing is that the station in which you board the ride is not the station in which you depart the ride! Believe me, put your arms up and relax and you will never come as close to the sensation of flying, I presume, without actually being on a plane!

The near misses and smoothness of the ride

Let Down:
The low speed and G Force

There are NO other B and M flyers in the UK, Air is completely unique and is now 11 years old.


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