SOURCE: Red Bull Flugtag USA

June 26, 2008 13:45 ET

All Systems Go! Red Bull Flugtag Portland Pulls Onto the Runway

Legos, Apollo and Marty Mcfly Will Soar Over Oregon on August 2

SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwire - June 26, 2008) - Red Bull Flugtag, the outrageous human-powered flying competition, will return to Tom McCall Waterfront Park this August 2nd after a four year layover. Thirty-one teams have been selected to strut, soar and ultimately splash into the Willamette's waters, including a final wildcard team that was chosen by a public vote.

Flugtag, which means "flying day" in German, gives everyday Joes (and Janes!) the chance to be heroes for the day when they launch their homemade human-powered flying machines off a 25-foot high flight deck and into Red Bull Flugtag fame. Portland promises a memorable show this year with the Space Balls van, a pink Viking ship and the Rose City's own roller derby team trading in their wheels for wings.

Teams will be looking to go the distance this August, but they'll also be judged on creativity and showmanship. The first place finishers will win a trip to Salzburg, Austria, where they'll have a tour of Hangar-7 ( Second place will receive a VIP trip to a Red Bull Air Race World Series U.S. stop, and third prize is skydiving with the Red Bull Air Force. There is also a special prize awarded for the People's Choice to be decided on event day by spectators' SMS voting.


After watching Santa's Sleigh, Luke Skywalker and a Pigasus take to the skies in 2004, Oregonians can be certain that this year's teams will be just as full of personality. A Big Wheels truck, Back to the Future's Marty McFly and Portland's wildcard winner, Team Roadrunner, will all get their chance to fly or flounder this August. Culinary crafts will also be in abundance, with a fluffier-than-air cupcake, a Chinese takeout box, and a giant bowl of salsa and tortilla chips all ready to take a dip in the river.

While participants should let their imaginations soar, there are still a few rules in this sky. First off, all flying machines must be entirely human-powered (no external energy sources or stored power). Second, all crafts must be less than 30 feet wide. And finally, no matter what they say, size does matter -- all crafts must weigh no more than 450 lbs (including the pilot).


The first Red Bull Flugtag was held in Vienna in 1991. Since then, more than 40 Red Bull Flugtags have been held around the world -- from London to San Francisco -- attracting up to 300,000 spectators at one event! The international flight distance record stands at 195 feet set in 2000 at Red Bull Flugtag Austria. North America's longest flight took place at Red Bull Flugtag Nashville in 2007 with a distance of 155 feet. This year's other U.S. Red Bull Flugtag destinations include Tampa Bay and Chicago.

Gates open at 11 a.m. and the first flight launches at 1 p.m. The event is free to the public. For more information, including team bios, photos, and video footage from past Red Bull Flugtag events, visit For media inquires, contact Ellie Applen at (310) 460-4532 or

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