Buckle Your Seatbelts - Red Bull Flugtag Is Prepared for Arrival in Chicago!


Mar 28, 2008, 01:00 ET from Red Bull North America

    CHICAGO, March 28 /PRNewswire/ -- On September 6, the outrageous
 human-powered flying competition known as Red Bull Flugtag will once again
 soar over the Windy City, but this time it will touch down in the salty
 waters of North Avenue Beach. While Flugtag's 2003 stop in Chicago saw its
 fair share of tributes to Harry Caray, the Cubs and Chicago-style hot dogs,
 this year it is up to a new crop of Midwesterners to take flight.
     Flugtag, which means "flying day" in German, is the only competition
 where the creative, brave and often slightly crazy get to pilot homemade
 flying machines off the end of a 22-foot ramp and into the great wide open
 -- or, as is ultimately the case, the great Lake Michigan waters below.
 Thirty teams of up to five members each will get the chance to prove their
 chops, shake their feathers and test their engine-free inventions at North
 Avenue Beach. But time's-a-flyin' so sharpen your pencils and get the
 creative juices flowing! All brave souls must apply online at
 http://www.redbullflugtagusa.com by June 6, 2008.
     Chicago is famous for pizza and baseball, so don't be surprised if this
 windy city gives flight to just that -- or perhaps a giant sized PEZ
 dispenser, a 20-foot banjo or a Purple People Eater. For those who are
 still stumped, try asking one of the 70,000 spectators who flocked to the
 beach at Red Bull Flugtag Chicago in 2003 and might have a few ideas!
     Teams will be judged on three criteria: distance, creativity and
 showmanship. Distance is measured in flying feet -- how far can your craft
 soar? Creativity, on the other hand, ensures an extraordinary flying day,
 so save your plane-jane replicas for next year's science project and shift
 imagination into overdrive. We're looking for the unusual, the head-turning
 ... even the slightly shocking! Finally, showmanship requires that each
 team spend one minute on the flight deck strutting their stuff before
 launching their craft. So think big, get sketching and show us what you've
     Although originality is key and daredevils are welcome, there are a few
 rules. All flying machines must be entirely human-powered (no external
 energy sources or stored power so forget about the slingshots, catapults or
 anything besides your own brawn). Second, all crafts must be less than 30
 feet wide. And finally, no matter what they say, size does matter -- all
 crafts must weigh less than 450 lbs (including the pilot.)
     Since the first Red Bull Flugtag held in Vienna, Austria, in 1991, more
 than 40 Flugtags have been held around the world, 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 just last year at Red Bull Flugtag
 Nashville with a flight of 155 feet.
     Red Bull Flugtag Chicago is free and open to the public. For more
 information, including applications, photos, and video footage from past
 Red Bull Flugtag events, visit http://www.redbullflugtagusa.com. For media
 inquires, contact Jen Belongia at 1-312-320-6260 or

SOURCE Red Bull North America