Red Bull Flugtag challenges the brave and brainy to design, build and pilot homemade flying machines off a 30-foot high flight deck in hopes of soaring into the wild blue yonder…or often, plunging into the waters below. Flugtag, which means “flying day” in German, pushes the envelope of human-powered flight, but competitors need more than impressive airtime to reach the podium. Teams are judged on three criteria: flight distance, creativity of the craft, and showmanship. This criteria has inspired flying tacos, prehistoric pterodactyls, winnebagos with wings and even Snoopy and the gang to grace the Flugtag flight decks! And after a year with no Red Bull Flugtags in the US, 2010 promises to be bigger and better than ever.
The crowd has spoken! This summer wouldn’t be complete without a Red Bull Flugtag event on the West Coast, so on August 21st, Red Bull Flugtag will splash land in Southern California. Our last flight through LA was 2003. This year, Long Beach’s Rainbow Harbor takes center stage. Flying machines will swarm the skies above these coastal waters in hopes of achieving human-powered flight, and with such close proximity to stars of Hollywood, we’re sure to see some memorable performances. Teams will be competing for a spot on the podium, but also the People’s Choice Award which will be chosen day of by text votes from the audience. Teams are competing not only for bragging rights, but for:
1st Place: The first place winners for Red Bull Flugtag Long Beach will have a chance to hang out with Red Bull Air Race World Champion, Kirby Chambliss, at his "Flying CrownRanch" in Arizona.
2nd Place: A team outing at their local drop zone to skydive with expert free flyers, the Red Bull Air Force.
3rd Place: The team will spend the day learning to fly as they will be treated to paragliding lessons.
People’s Choice Award: Red Bull Flugtag viewing party for the team and 20 guests at a local bar or restaurant.
Since the first Red Bull Flugtag took place in Vienna, Austria, in 1991, more than 80 Flugtags have been held around the globe, attracting up to 300,000 spectators for a single event. The record for the farthest flight-to-date was recently broken at Red Bull Flugtag Twin Cities just this July 24th, 2010! Major Trouble and the Dirty Dixies flew an astounding 207 feet over the Mississippi River smashing the previous record which had held for more than 10 years.