Charley Barnes Adds To His Bucket List [VIDEOS]
I am one of those guys who likes to live on the edge, or at least peek over once in awhile and I love, I mean I really love a good rollercoaster and this is a coaster I will have to try once it opens and once they figure out how to not dismember it’s riders.
Thorpe Park in London are about to unveil a powerful new winged roller coaster this month called “The Swarm.” The park has been conducting test runs of its new coaster which is a “flight through apocalyptic devastation on Europe’s tallest winged rollercoaster” propeling 28 riders with their arms and legs dangling freely at 62+ miles per hour and includes trips through an inverted 127-foot drop and several close encounters with walled structures that are designed to make passengers feel like they are about to crash.
The ride’s designers ran some early test runs with crash test dummies but were shocked when the dummies returned from the ride missing arms and legs.
So what to do next? Sure, enlist real people; A team of former British fighter pilots!
Mark Cutmore, team leader of the Blades, a stunt pilot organization, was heard saying:
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.
Here is a simulation video of what the coaster will do and it’s a long ride! Makes standing in line for over an hour possibly worth it. There are some actual test run vids that follow as well that show the crash test dummies.
Winged roller coasters have been gaining popularity in recent years, but may be trumped by one California designer’s plans to create the world’s first “zero-gravity” coaster, which would imitate the simulators that NASA uses to train its astronauts. Click the link to check it out.