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Pilots zoom in on theme park ride

Published 23/02/2012 | 00:14

Former fighter pilots are to be used to test The Swarm after dummies were left with missing limbs (Jeff Spicer/Thorpe Park/PA)
Former fighter pilots are to be used to test The Swarm after dummies were left with missing limbs (Jeff Spicer/Thorpe Park/PA)

Former Red Arrows and RAF fighter pilots have been drafted in to test a new ride at a theme park.

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Thorpe Park in Surrey took the unusual step after crash dummies were left with limbs missing during a previous test of The Swarm.

Riders are left with nothing above or below them and fall under the wing of a genuine plane wreckage.

Mike Vallis, of Thorpe Park, said: "Such an extreme ride demands extreme testing procedures."

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