Blackpool names Red Arrows flat ride Sky Force

Skyforce BlackpoolBlackpool Pleasure Beach has unveiled the name of its new Royal Air Force Red Arrows-themed ride as Sky Force.

The ride has also been revealed as being a Gerstlauer Sky Fly model, and not a Zamperla Air Race as had been widely expected.

The 72-foot ride seats 12 guests and has a throughput in the region of 200 riders per hour, depending on ride cycle length.

The design is interactive, giving the ride the ability to control each individual aircraft-style gondola’s movements.

It is understood that the ride – whose £2 million cost is being fully self-funded by Pleasure Beach – will open in time for the Easter weekend next year.

The Red Arrows – known officially as the Royal Air Force Aerobatics Team are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.

Squadron Leader and team manager Ruth Shackleton said: “The Red Arrows have enjoyed a long association with Blackpool and the Pleasure Beach during the team’s 50-year history.

“The new Sky Force ride is a wonderful, and unique, means to continue this relationship and provides an exciting way for people to learn more about the Red Arrows, the Royal Air Force and the role the service plays in protecting the UK.”