August 21, 2010 · 11:00 AM
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Red Bull Flugtag returns to LA County!! Save the date for this weird, wacky, but sure-to-be fun event!! Start time, costs, and meeting location will be updated as more info about the event becomes available.
Flutag (floog-tag) n.
1. Flying Day
2. A human powered attempt at flight
Long Beach's Rainbow Harbor boasts of a world-class aquarium, the historic Queen Mary and soon, Red Bull Flugtag!! This outrageous flying competition will fill the Southern California Skies south of LA with the brave, creative and just plain crazy as they attempt to fly their human-powered flying machines over these coastal waters.
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 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.
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 currently stands at 195 feet and was set at Red Bull Flugtag Austria in 2000. A new U.S. record was set in 2007 at Red Bull Flugtag Nashville when a flying banjo flew 155 feet!