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Air is a unique roller coaster experience offering the breathtaking sensation of flight. Rather than boarding traditional trains, guests are loaded into "crafts". Before the train leaves the station, these crafts tilt back 90 degrees, sweeping your feet up behind you. Once that happens, you're in the flying position, which you remain in until the end of the ride.

Air really is a world first, and so queues for the attraction are still large today. This used to be emphasised by the poor reliability of the attraction when it first opened, but several modifications have ensured that downtime is no longer such an on-going issue.
› Code Name: SW5 (Secret Weapon 5)
› Open Date: 16th March 2002
› Designer: John Wardley
› Controls: Consign AG
› Ride Type: Flying
› Stations: Dual Loading Stations
› Trains: 3 Trains With 7 Rows Of 4
› Cost: £12,000,000
› G-Forces: 3G
› Track Length: 840m // 2755' 11"
› Height Of Drop: 20m // 65' 7"
› Duration: Approximately 1 minute 30 seconds
› Max Speed: 75kph // 47mph
› Throughput: 1500 Persons Per Hour
› Capacity: 84

The idea for Air came about after the installation of Nemesis in 1994. Alton Towers, particularly influenced by John Wardley, engaged in talks with B&M over a brand new concept ride which had never been attempted before. It was such a radical idea that although the project was making progress, it had to be postponed as the park delivered Oblivion, another world first, but significantly more simple in its implementation. Once Oblivion was out of the way discussions and ideas continued to be exchanged between the park and manufacturer until a planning application was finally submitted in 2000. It was a plan which had took six years to create.

The site where Air lies now was originally occupied by The Beast, until it was removed in 1997. The site remained dormant for three years until the planning application submitted in 2000 was approved. In the 2000/2001 closed season construction started, and continued right up until the rides opening day - 16th March 2002.

Guest Information
› Riders must be at least 1.4m (4' 8") tall.
› Wheelchair access is available via the ride exit ramp.
› Property racks are available for belongings to be left at the station.
› On-Ride photos are available from the Air shop.
› A single rider queue is in operation for this attraction.

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air-mad-chloe: (5 / 5) omigosh... what can i say, i was just 11 when i went on this and it will never leave me! id seen pictures and videos and ran straight to it when i first got into the park with my best friend... it really is extreme but relaxing LIKE FLYING!! i would go on it over and over again if i could :) <3

Anonymous: (5 / 5) This ride is awesome. i was reall scared, then i went on this and now im okay wsith rides! i just want to go on it again and again.

Conner: Amazing breathtaking experiance that you will never forget if you go to alton towers go on this ride STRAIGHT AWAY!

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Air Gallery
Lift Hill
First Inversion
First Inversion
First Inversion
In-Line Twist
Aerial Shot
Back of Craft
Control Panel
Touch Panel
PA Controls
First Inversion