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Hersheypark to add Skyrush coaster for 2012

Hersheypark to add Skyrush coaster for 2012
(Hersheypark)
Hersheypark

will add a first-of-its-kind $25-million steel roller coaster in May that will be the tallest, fastest and longest at the

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Pennsylvania

theme park.

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After a yearlong viral marketing campaign that teased fans with hints and clues about "

,"

unveiled plans Tuesday for an

, with winged seats, called Skyrush.

Under construction in the

section of

, the 200-foot-tall Skyrush coaster will feature a near-vertical 85-degree first drop followed by four high-speed banking turns and five airtime hills at speeds reaching 75 mph.

The 3,600-foot-long Skyrush track will travel along a creek and cross over the 1947 Comet out-and-back wooden coaster. The coaster's station house will be modeled after historic train stations in the Hershey area.

The 32-passenger cantilevered trains will feature floored seats on the inside and floorless seats on the outside in a custom first-of-its-kind design.

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