In the above photo SeaWorld construction crews put Manta’s last piece of track into place today, finishing the flying coaster’s structure. Manta is a flying roller coaster the likes of which could only be built by SeaWorld in Orlando. Manta will inspire riders with amazing underwater animal habitats, then soar them face-down, in a horizontal position, aboard a manta-inspired steel coaster. At its highest point Manta will stand 140 ft above the park.

Manta is slated to open summer 2009. (Photo courtesy SeaWorld)