Holiday World, Indiana USA
There's a first time for everything.
While B&M has historically never built a launched roller coaster throughout its entire existence (The Incredible Hulk launch was actually built by an outside company), B&M will break with tradition and build the first ever launched wing coaster in the United States. This will also mark the first steel coaster at Holiday World, which has built a reputation as a wooden coaster nirvana.
Thunderbird will be a multi-inversion, launched wing coaster, the likes of which has never been seen in the states. The ride will begin with a 0-60 mph launch in 3.5 seconds, headed into a huge 140 ft. Immelmann inversion. This is quickly followed by a 125 ft. loop, which then leads into a series of overbanked turns. The train will then travel through a zero-g roll, transitioning into a tight s-curve element. The train then heads into the double fly-through barn finale - a carousel turn passing through a themed barn, which immediately turns into a 360 in-line roll overtop of the barn. This creates a near-miss effect, similar to those found on other B&M wing coasters.
Excitement had built up around this mystery steel coaster, but little had been divulged on the specifics. While rumors of a launched B&M roller coaster circulated, they were often dismissed due to B&M never having ventured into the realm. The ride will cost $22 million, and feature a farm-theme as riders rush through the backwoods of Santa Claus, Indiana.