Friday 23 June 2017

Pilots zoom in on theme park ride

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.

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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