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Thunderbird is a Bolliger & Mabillard launched wing coaster located at Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana. It is the nation's first launched wing coater and is revered for being Holiday World's first major steel roller coaster.

DesignEdit

Elements

60mph LSM Launch
Immelmann
Horseshoe
Elevated Spiral
Zero-G Roll
Headchopper Keyhole
Carousel
Barrel Roll
Two Crossovers with The Voyage

Thunderbird (Holiday World)
Statistics

Status

Operating

Cost

$22 million

Type

Launched Wing Coaster

Manufacturer

Bolliger & Mabillard

Theme Designer

PGAV Destinations

Height

140 feet (43 meters)

Length

3035 feet (925 meters)

Top Speed

60 mph (97 kph)

Inversions

4

Ride Duration

1 minute, 18 seconds

Capacity

1140 riders per hour

Acceleration

0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds

Height Restriction

52 inches (132 centimeters)

Ride ExperienceEdit

After loading in the station, the train moves forward and stops. Mist blows in front of the train and thunder sounds as the train launches to 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) in 3.5 seconds by linear synchronous motors. The train immediately goes into a 140 feet (43 m) Immelmann loop. After the first element, the train then goes down its first drop into a 125 feet (38 m) vertical loop, the tallest vertical loop on a Wing Coaster surpassing Wild Eagle at Dollywood. After the vertical loop, the train crosses over the exit from The Voyage's second drop, goes through an overbanked turn, and then an overbanked elevated spiral. The train then goes through a zero-g-roll parallel to The Voyage. After several curves next to The Voyage's triple-down drop and spaghetti bowl, the train dips down into a barn (which is the keyhole) where it then curves left back into the barn by doing an inline twist, crossing over The Voyage's underground tunnels. Once the inline twist ends the train enters the brake run to a right turn to another set of brakes before entering the station. One cycle of the ride lasts about 1 minute and 18 seconds.

TrainsEdit

2 trains with 5 cars per train. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 20 riders per train

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