Thunderbird (roller coaster)

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Thunderbird
Thunderbird.JPG
Thunderbird in the PowerPark amusement park.
PowerPark
Coordinates 63°13′50″N 22°51′29″E / 63.230636°N 22.857940°E / 63.230636; 22.857940Coordinates: 63°13′50″N 22°51′29″E / 63.230636°N 22.857940°E / 63.230636; 22.857940
Status Operating
Opening date April 29, 2006
General statistics
Type Wood
Manufacturer Great Coasters International
Track layout Twister roller coaster
Height 88.6 ft (27.0 m)
Length 2,788.75 ft (850.01 m)
Speed 46.6 mph (75.0 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 1:33
Height restriction 130 cm (4 ft 3 in)
Thunderbird at RCDB
Pictures of Thunderbird at RCDB

Thunderbird is the name of the northernmost wooden roller coaster in the world, located at PowerPark in Alahärmä, Western Finland. The two Millennium Flyer trains operating it were manufactured by Great Coasters International (GCI).[1] Its layout is identical to American Thunder at Six Flags St. Louis

Thunderbird was the first wooden roller coaster in Europe to be built by GCI. Approximately 1,000 cubic meters of wood, 750,000 bolts and 1.8 million nails were used for Thunderbird's construction. President of GCI, Clair Hain, Jr., commended the Finnish carpenters for their remarkable chainsaw skills.[1] The track is one kilometer in length and reaches a speed of nearly 100 km/h. [2]

Awards[edit]

Golden Ticket Awards: Top wood Roller Coasters
Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Ranking [3] 31[4] 35 (tie)[5] 34[6] 37[7] 38[8] [9] 38[10]
Mitch Hawker's Best Roller Coaster Poll: Best wood-Tracked Roller Coaster[11]
Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Ranking 38 10 17 17 16 13 18 24

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Roller Coaster Database". 
  2. ^ "Power Park". 
  3. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today: 30–31B. September 2006. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 11 (6.2): 42–43. September 2007. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 12 (6.2): 42–43. September 2008. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 13 (6.2): 38–39. September 2009. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 14 (6.2): 38–39. September 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 15 (6.2): 46–47. September 2011. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Top 50 wood roller coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 16 (6.2): 46–47. September 2012. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  10. ^ "2013 Top 50 wood Roller Coasters" (PDF). Amusement Today 17 (6.2): 40–41. September 2013. Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  11. ^ Hawker, Mitch. "Wooden Roller Coaster Poll 20 Year Results Table (1994–2013)". Best Roller Coaster Poll. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 

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