Extreme rollercoaster terrifies fighter pilots

“Even as a pilot used to G-force there were gut-wrenching moments”

A new breed of rollercoaster that approaches speeds 100 km/h as it rises and plunges across a post-apocalyptic scene of crashed planes and ruined buildings has reportedly returned from test rides with crash-test dummies missing multiple limbs. On another test run, it turned former air force fighter pilots’ faces white. One of the pilots described the wild ride, called The Swarm, at Thorpe Park in Surrey, UK, as “gut-wrenching.”
The pilot, Mark Cutmore, told the newspaper Metro: “I am a self-confessed adrenaline junkie, but even as a pilot used to G-force there were some gut-wrenching moments, and I have to admit the near-miss element is eye-watering – you really do feel as if you are going to crash into the structures.”
The Swarm is a “winged” coaster, pioneered in Europe, where the riders’ legs are dangling free. In the US, the first three are due to debut at different locations between March and May. However, unlike the message about damaged dummies in England, the parks in the US insist, “That kind of marketing may work in the UK, but we’re all about safety.”
USA Today
[photo courtesy Thorpe Park]

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