Wouldn't it be amazing to experience the sensation of flying? In 2002 Secret Weapon 5 was born, or Arial Inversion Ride. Air is a unique experience, which creates the sense of flying. Air is a first of its kind, but also in terms of themeing and idea, is very simple. Air isn't an 'in your face' ride, but neither is it a ride you wouldnt notice. This B+M flyer has 2 stations, which helps with the throughput of the ride. In Forbidden Valley where Air is situated, you immediatly notice that there is a strong contrast between Nemesis's horror/alien/space themeing and Airs oasis retreat. With Airs calming light blue and sort of organic feeling to it, and Nemesis's red, guts, hell hole theming, it makes you wonder if the ride is situated in the right place. Nevertheless, the battle between Nemesis and Air still go on. Air is a breath of fresh air for the park, and is definetly a unique ride and experience.
Airs crafts are a ride in itself, with 3 trains each train has 7 rows each row consisting of 4 seats. The crafts arent as simple as the theming and idea of the ride, infact they are probably the most advanced coaster cars. The seats are like armchairs with armrests either side, ankle flaps and an overhead vest. Not that you'll need the armrest, your flying!
The moment you enter Forbidden Valley, the sinister Nemesis greets you, with its blood waterfalls and twisting track. You carry on walking down the path, a light theme tune slowly blends into the themeing, a smooth roar of the ride Air as it swoops over you head, and slowly turning towards a tunnel.
The Air sign points you to the queue, the still sleepy theme tune is being played throughout the rides queue, as it twists around the light blue track. You finally get to a point where you choose your station.
The train is quite long, and you choose your seat. Getting into the seat, you realize how comfortable the harness is, you pull down the overhead harness which is interlocked with the small restrains by your feet. The ride assistants, push down firmly on your restraint.
The theme tune suddenly makes a deep bass sound, as the white colored lights turn into a deep blue, as whispered voice says: "Prepare for Air, Assume the Position.Now Fly, Fly, Fly.". You slowly get tilted into the flying position as the floor drops. You slowly move out of the station, with a mixture of cheers and apprehensive looks as to what will happen next.
You travel through a plain concrete tunnel, as the train approaches the lift hill, looking down as the lift hill gets higher, and higher. Crowds gather to watch your train hurtle down the first amazing drop. You suddenly drop, the camera flashes, everything is a blur, but still the ride is smooth and calm. You fly under the monorail, the train twists and turns, freely like a bird. Your suddenly flipped over on your back, this really does take your breath away, you fly backwards facing the sky, you then turn a corner, still facing the sky going backwards. You're then flipped back up into the flying position, as you fly through a small tunnel. Almost being able to touch the ground, flying past long grass, you then elevate. Over the path, oncoming riders in the queue watch you float past them, and then swoop into another inversion, this time a barrel roll. The ride comes out of the inversion, and swoops down picking up more speed, into a small helix looking over the car park. Small statues stick out of the ground, creating the illusion of the ride hitting them, this part of the ride is fairly slow. Then you come out of the helix slowly dropping down into the brake run. The ride enters the station with again more cheers, as you return to the seated position. You climb up the stairs to see your, on-ride photo.
Air is breathtaking, and a ride never to be missed. 10/10
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