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Wild Eagle winged coaster to debut at Dollywood in 2012

Wild Eagle winged coaster to debut at Dollywood in 2012
(Dollywood)

The $20-million

at

in Tennessee is on track to be the first winged coaster in the U.S. when it opens in March 2012.

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With riders sitting on either side of the track in a winged formation, Dollywood's sixth coaster will feature trains themed as bald eagles with outstretched wings.

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The Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Rider would be the second coaster of its kind in the world following the 2011 debut of

at

Italy's

. Similar B&M Wing Rider coasters also are scheduled to open next year at

outside Chicago (

) and England's

(

).

Starting in the Wilderness Pass area of Dollywood, Wild Eagle will climb to the top of a 210-foot-tall hill offering picturesque views of the Great Smoky Mountains.

After its ascent,

will complete four inversions: a giant loop, a zero-G roll, a twisting Immelmann loop and a flat spin corkscrew. Traveling at 60 mph over a 3,100-foot-long track, the ride will conclude with a camelback hill and a banked figure-eight spiral. The ride will last 2-1/2 minutes.

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