SOURCE: Red Bull Flugtag USA

March 03, 2008 10:23 ET

Prepare for Departure -- Red Bull Flugtag Is Crossin' the Nation! Apply Now for Non-Stop Flights to Tampa Bay, Portland and Chicago

SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwire - March 3, 2008) - Red Bull Flugtag announces this year's U.S. stops, and this is one trip that's best suited for the air. First up is a trip to the Sunshine State with a stop in Tampa Bay on July 19th, followed by the competition's much anticipated return to Portland on August 2nd after four years away. This year's final airborne attempts can hope to get a windy boost in 2003's fan favorite stop, Chicago, on September 6th. Applications for all cities may be downloaded at www.redbullflugtagusa.com, but time's-a-flyin' -- you better get sketching if you want to soar!

For all first-time ticket holders, Flugtag, which means "flying day" in German, is a contest that dares the brave and the brainy to design, build and pilot their homemade flying machines off a 22-foot high ramp and soar high above the city's bay, ocean or river -- or, as is more often the case, plunge into the waters below.

Since the first Red Bull Flugtag took place in Vienna, Austria, in 1991, more than 40 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 just last year at Red Bull Flugtag Nashville with a flight of 155 feet!

FLYIN' IT OLD SCHOOL

Over the years we've seen it all, from Drunk Elvises and a Flying Wonka Bar to a sky-high popemobile and a soaring ALF. But with two returning cities and only one newbie on this year's Red Bull Flugtag itinerary, the pressure's on to push the creativity well above cruising altitude.

Each city will choose thirty teams of up to five members each. Teams are 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 with a pre-flight skit before launching their craft. So think big, get sketching and show us what you've got!

TAXI BEFORE TAKEOFF

While the sky's the limit on creativity, there are still a few flight regulations. First off, 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 burliness.) 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.)

Red Bull Flugtag is free and open to the public. For more information, including applications, photos, and video footage from past Red Bull Flugtag events, visit www.redbullflugtagusa.com. For media inquires, contact Ellie Applen at (310) 460-4532 or ellen.applen@us.redbull.com.

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