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|Computer generated image of the layout.|
|Manufacturer||Bolliger & Mabillard|
|Type||Steel - Launched - Winged|
|Model / product||Custom Wing Coaster|
|Riders per train||20|
0 - 60 mph in 3.5s
Top speed60 mph
The ride was announced on July 25, 2014. It is the first launched roller coaster in the United States to have winged seats and the first LSM-launched roller coaster built by Bolliger & Mabillard. It opened on April 25, 2015.
History[edit | edit source]
The track was completed on December 2, 2014. After a preview event the previous day, Thunderbird opened to the public on April 25, 2015.
Design[edit | edit source]
Ride experience[edit | edit source]
The train leaves the loading area and travels slowly forward before coming to a halt, remaining in the station building with the launch track visible ahead. Smoke is released and the train begins accelerating as riders hear thunder claps. After reaching a speed of 60 mph the train heads into the 140 foot tall immelmann. After inverting riders the train pulls out to the right and dives to the ground. A 125 foot tall vertical loop follows.
Riders are then sent through a pair of turns referred to by the park as an "overbanked horseshoe" followed by an "overbanked elevated spiral". The train then travels through a zero-g roll and an "s-curve" — a 90-degree right turn followed by a small airtime hill and a 90-degree left-hand turn.
The next element is a "carousel" — a 270 degree left-hand turn, the entrance and exit of which pass through a derelict barn providing two near misses. Thunderbird finishes with an in-line twist, taking riders into the brake run. The train takes a 90 degree right-hand turn and travels past the transfer track and into the station.
Trains[edit | edit source]
2 trains with 5 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 20 riders per train. The lead car from one of Thunderbird's trains was on show at B&M's IAAPA booth in 2014.
Image gallery[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
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- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.