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The Swarm Helicopter

Thorpe Park is continuing to install extensive theming elements around its new "winged" roller coaster for 2012, The Swarm.

The latest batch of construction images released by the park, embedded below, shows the installation of a "crashed" helicopter and fire engine close to the ride's circuit. Thorpe Park has already placed the wreckage of a plane on The Swarm site, with riders set to experience "near-misses" with a number of large objects.

The Swarm will be the first Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Rider Coaster to open in the UK, with riders being seated on "wings" on either side of its trains. The theme for the new addition is based around war and destruction, with the coaster itself representing an invading "swarm" of aliens.

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Thorpe Park's planning application for The Swarm revealed that the ride will offer a "fly-through experience through a crash scene", which will be populated with derelict buildings and vehicles. To match the depressing scene, the coaster's track will be painted grey with grey-brown supports.

For full details of the planned new rollercoaster, read Theme Park Tourist’s full preview of The Swarm at Thorpe Park.

You can keep up to date with the latest confirmed and rumored opening dates for new attractions through Theme Park Tourist's "New Attraction Watch" section, and by signing up for our weekly newsletter.

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