The barn shakes with anticipation.
Lights flicker and hearts pound with adrenaline. A thunderclap, its sound piped through speakers, reverberates through the line of eager riders. Nervous laughter follows.
Two-by-two riders are strapped into the nation’s first launched wing roller coaster, legs dangling over nothing. The train inches forward to an opening.
“Thunderbird clear for flight!”
Lightning. Thunder. Smoke. Launch!