Flugtag. German for “Flying Day.”
After a long nine-year absence, Red Bull Flugtag is back in the bay on November 10, 2012. It first came to the US in 2002 with San Francisco as the first American event, after being in Europe for years. 10,000 folks showed up to witness the fearless pilots and their crews bravely go where no man…. should. The event returned in 2003 to 40,000 spectators. Red Bull decided to spread the fun over many more cities over the decade, but is now returning to its US roots. I was lucky enough to be a pilot both years, “Butter-Ducky” in 2002 (A bicycle powered parachute) and “Fly-Diatrod” in 2003 (a flying dogsled) and have my application in for this year with a much bigger and better concept.
From Red Bull, “Every single rule in the aviation handbook will be broken when Red Bull Flugtag lands in San Francisco. Watch test pilots redefine air travel when they launch their human-powered flying machines off a 30-foot ramp into the chilly McCovey Cove waters. Mark your calendar and inflate your floaties for Saturday, November 10.”
Applications are due TOMORROW, so get yours in if you have the imagination, the fortitude and the warm core temperature.
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