Red Bull Flugtag: What to Know Before You Go
What Is Flugtag?Flugtag, which is pronounced FLOOG-TOG, means "flying day" in the German language. The first-ever National Red Bull Flugtag is the world's wildest homemade, human-powered flying craft competition, taking place on Sept. 21 simultaneously in five U.S. cities – Irving; Washington D.C., Long Beach, Calif., Miami and Chicago. Never before have multiple cities in any country witnessed true aviation history on the same day.
When The Fun Begins:Red Bull Flugtag will take place Saturday, Sept. 21 at Lake Carolyn in Las Colinas. Hangars will open at 11 a.m. The final flight will take off at approximately 3:30 p.m., immediately followed by an awards ceremony.
WhatTo Bring:Food and beverage vendors will be on site to help you fight off those munchies, not to mention Red Bull goodies galore, so no need to bring snack and drink items with you. The forecast is bright and sunny, so sunblock is a welcomed suggestion.
How To Get Here:Parking will be available in surrounding areas. However, at Red Bull, we're all about the environment so we encourage you to gather some travel buddies and ride the DART line together — there's even a stop at the event site! Those who call the surrounding neighborhoods home are urged to walk to the event.
What To Expect:How much imagination do you have? Red Bull Flugtag flying machines range from realistic plane replicas to anything the imagination can conjure.
More than 300 teams applied to compete in Dallas/Fort Worth — only 35 teams were chosen to participate. Flugtag teams of five people work for months building homemade, human-powered flying machines which one person pilots off of an elevated flight deck, through the air, and into a body of water.
This year in Irving, crafts include Big Tex, a Flying Unicorn Camel (Camelcorn) Hybrid, Super Mario Bros, a Space Shuttle, Elvis, and The Wizard of Oz powered by Discovery Channel's own "Fast N' Loud," Gas Monkey Garage, plus many more surprises. To gain more showmanship points, participants often wear outrageous costumes, act out skits prior to takeoff, and create their own music soundtracks for flight.
Who Wins:All crafts must be human-powered — no engines or external energy sources allowed. Prefabricated crafts will not be accepted. Each craft must adhere to some basic dimension and weight restrictions and the pilots must be at least 18 years old. Teams will be judged on craft creativity and showmanship, which will be combined with a flight-length score, to determine the winner. Teams are judged based on three criteria — flight distance, creativity and showmanship — by a panel of hand-picked local and national celebrities. Gracing the judges panel is: elite Red Bull Airforce skydiver and Red Bull Stratos test-jumper for Felix Baumgartner, Luke Atkins; retired Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco; former NBA star Spud Webb; Red Bull Air Race World Series Champion Kirby Chambliss; Red Bull Olympic decathlete Trey Hardee; and retired Texas Ranger Ivan "Pudge" Rodriquez. Set to host the festivities at Lake Carolyn are 105.3 The Fan's Ben and Skin, Rock T of The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, entertainment reporter Amanda Champagne and action sports host Jimmy Coleman, making it an event not to be missed.
1st Place: Team outing to skydive with expert free fliers, The Red Bull Air Force.
2nd Place: Team will experience a Red Bull-titled sporting event from the VIP area.
3rd Place: Team will be immersed in culture at a Red Bull-titled music, culture or art event.
People's Choice: Team will have a VIP experience, in a luxury suite, at a New York Red Bulls game.
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Did You Know• Red Bull has produced more than 100 Red Bull Flugtags around the world — from Rome to Miami. It has taken place worldwide for 12 years, entertaining more than 500,000 people annually. The first Red Bull Flugtag took place in 1991 in Vienna, Austria, as the brainchild of Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz.
• The first U.S. Red Bull Flugtag was produced in October 2002 in San Francisco. Since then, Red Bull Flugtag has landed in Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Miami, Portland, Ore., Long Beach, Calif., Baltimore, Cleveland, Tempe, Nashville, Tampa, Fla., St. Paul, Minn., and Philadelphia.
• The record for the farthest flight in the history of Red Bull Flugtag is 228 feet, held by a German team from the competition in Mainz, Germany. The record for the farthest flight in the U.S. stands at 207 feet and was set at Red Bull Flugtag St. Paul in 2010 by team Major Trouble and the Dirty Dixies.
• London holds the record for the largest crowd with over 250,000 spectators at the 2003 event, during which Hyde Park was closed due to capacity (which has only happened one other time in history during a free Rolling Stones concert). The Red Bull Flugtag events in the U.S. have drawn crowds of more than 110,000 people as recorded in Tampa, Fla., in 2008.
Posted Aug. 19