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Red Bull North America

July 06, 2010 16:27 ET

Prepare for Takeoff! -- Red Bull Flugtag Returns to the U.S. This Summer

Events From Coast to Coast Starting This Week in Miami Followed by Splash Landings in Minnesota, Long Beach and Philadelphia

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - July 6, 2010) -  Red Bull Flugtag is flying across the U.S. this summer with four events from coast to coast! This outrageous flying competition will kick off the year in Miami this Saturday, July 10th, followed by a debut in Minnesota's Twin Cities on July 24th and a flight into Southern California's Long Beach Harbor on August 7th. Philadelphia will host the final U.S. Red Bull Flugtag of 2010 along the banks of the Delaware River on September 4th.

This year's fearless flyers run the gamut from wingless animals to college mascots and everything in between. Miami will see a manatee with wings and an oversized rubber ducky grace its skies, while Minnesotans will represent their Twin Cities with float planes, 10-foot mosquitoes and even a narwhal thrown in the mix. Red Bull Flugtag then moves to Southern California's Long Beach Harbor where a Dodgers baseball helmet and an enormous piñata will stretch its wings before this summer's final stop on Philadelphia's Delaware Riverbanks. This year's final event will push the limits of flight with a flying cuckoo clock, an abominable snowman and a cheesesteak of course!

WINGS OF WISDOM

For all first-time flyers, Red Bull Flugtag, which means "flying day" in German, is a competition that dares both the brave and the brainy to design, build and pilot homemade flying machines off a 30-foot high ramp in hopes of achieving human-powered flight. But don't be fooled -- this is no ordinary flying competition. While distance is important, creativity and showmanship are necessary to impress the judges. 

While the sky may be the limit on creativity, there are still a few flight regulations. First off, all flying machines must be entirely human-powered and homemade (no external energy sources or stored power, so forget about the slingshots, catapults or anything besides your own burliness.) Second, no matter what they say, size does matter -- all crafts must be less than 30 feet wide and must weigh no more than 450lbs (including the pilot).

SETTING THE BAR

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, but the U.S. record is not far behind, standing at 155 feet and set in 2007 at Red Bull Flugtag Nashville. After a year away from the U.S. skies, the pressure is on for this year's Flugtag flyers to blow these records away! 

Red Bull Flugtag is free and open to the public. This year's Red Bull Flugtag events will be featured in a reality series called "On the Wings of Glory" airing Sundays after baseball starting September 5th on FOX Sports Networks. For more information, including photos and video footage from past Red Bull Flugtag events, visit www.redbullflugtagusa.com. For media inquires, contact Ellie Applen at (323) 573-5719 or ellieapplen@redbullflugtagusa.com.

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