in Tennessee is on track to be the first winged coaster in the U.S. when it opens in March 2012.
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.
The Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Rider would be the second coaster of its kind in the world following the 2011 debut of
. 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.