Thunderbird (PowerPark)

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Thunderbird
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Thunderbird in the PowerPark amusement park.
PowerPark
Location PowerPark
Coordinates 63°13′50″N22°51′29″E / 63.230636°N 22.857940°E / 63.230636; 22.857940 Coordinates: 63°13′50″N22°51′29″E / 63.230636°N 22.857940°E / 63.230636; 22.857940
StatusOperating
Opening date29 April 2006
General statistics
Type Wood
Manufacturer Great Coasters International
Track layout Twister roller coaster
Height82 ft (25 m)
Drop80 ft (24 m)
Length2,713 ft (827 m)
Speed48 mph (77 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration1:33
Height restriction130 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] It is the basis for American Thunder at Six Flags St. Louis

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Thunderbird was the first wooden roller coaster in Europe to be built by GCI. Approximately 1,000 cubic metres 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 kilometre in length and reaches a speed of 70 km/h. [2]

Awards

Golden Ticket Awards: Top wood Roller Coasters
Year20062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Ranking [3] 31 [4] 35 (tie) [5] 34 [6] 37 [7] 38 [8] [9] 38 [10] - [11] - [12] - [13] - [14] - [15] - [16]

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  2. A sign located next to the ride: "The most popular ride at Powerpark was opened in 2006. Thunderbird is the worlds' [sic] most Nordic wooden roller coaster. The ride is a combination of high speed, fierce tilts, stomach churning jumps and falls, and most of all exhilarating atmosphere. The ride is just under one kilometer long and its' [sic] highest point reaches up to 30 meters. The highest speed is 70 km / h. This you have to experience!" (2020-07-22)
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