Holiday World announces Thunderbird for 2015 – Nation’s first B&M launched wing coaster
Holiday World just announced Thunderbird for the 2015 season. Thunderbird will be the worlds first B&M launched Wing Coaster. The ride will go upside down 4 times and feature a top speed of 60 M.P.H. The launch will launch riders 0-60 in 3.5 seconds.
Here are some of the highlights from the ride:
- Launch, using LSM technology
- Immelmann loop
- Elevated Spiral
- Zero-G roll
- S curve
- 2 “headchopper” keyholes
- 360 in-line twist (barrel roll)
- 2 Crossovers with The Voyage
Here is the story of the Thunderbird as told on the Holiday World website:
In 1620, as the Mayflower neared the end of its 66 days at sea, a mighty storm nearly capsized the ship, taking it hundreds of miles off course. As passengers and crew feared all was lost, an immense bird appeared in the sky. The thunderbird, whose wings created the thunder and eyes flashed the lightning of the powerful storm, rescued the ship by launching it through the sky to the New World.