Red Bull’s Flugtag, flying toilets, 2 story flying wedding cakes, 30 feet Homer Simpsons.
These are just a few of the many “flying” contraptions that I have seen at the 4 previous Flugtag events I have attended in Miami and Tampa.
Red Bull began Flugtag in 1992. The idea is simple, simple but crazy.
1- You build a non motorized “flying machine”
2-You will then run 30 feet off a pier/runway into a form of water
3- Whomever achieves the greatest distance wins.
What do you win, we will get to that later.
This is serious business. Serious crazy business. A team must submit plans for their plans before they are accepted. Teams can spend hundreds of hours and a lot of money, building these machines, that may remain airborne for 1 second, literally.
Red Bull’s Flugtag is a festival of the zany
A day at Red Bull’s Flugtag begins with a tour. Before these poor people end up in the drink, you can visit the crews and get up close and personal with the sometime complex machines that can spend upwards of 2 seconds in the air before they crash in the bay.
Part of the competition is a 30 second routine that the crews must perform on the runway just before they fly 3 feet. These are dance routines that are funny and are the perfect setup to watch all the time and effort and money they spend about to get wet.
I have a few favorite over the years, the 2 story multi tier wedding cake, of course the space shuttle, and a real toilet. I still don’t understand how that one got approval. A heavy toilet bowl might have landed on the flight member and caused a problem.
The ones that typically win are a combo of sort. They usually have a hang glideresque type top with wings. As the base will fall away off the runway, the top with the pilot will fly away.
Flugtag this year takes place in 5 cities all on the same day, unlike previous years. The cities you can enjoy watching nutty people take a long run off a short pier are:
Chicago, Miami, Washington D.C., Long Beach, and Dallas Fort Worth.
So you win Red Bull’s Flugtag what do you win,flying lessons; well sort of. You get to jump from 15,000 feet with the Red Bull Free Air Force.
Sign me up
In Tampa a few years ago over 100,000 crazy people like me watched the zaniness of Flugtag.
Red Bull’s Flugtag- Check it out go early meet the crews and get out your camera. It has some very camera worthy moments.
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