SOURCE: Red Bull Flugtag USA

March 01, 2007 11:00 ET

Shout It From the Honky Tonk Rooftops -- Red Bull Flugtag Is Coming to Nashville!!!

Applications Due by April 16

SANTA MONICA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 1, 2007 -- This June 23, Red Bull Flugtag will make its Tennessee debut in a city as rich in musical heritage as it is in personality. That's right, it's coming to Nashville.

This summer cowboys and crooners alike will get the chance to achieve the seemingly impossible feat of human-powered flight as 25 teams of up to five members each take to the skies with their homemade flying crafts above the Cumberland River. All those prepared for takeoff are encouraged to apply online at www.redbullflugtagusa.com by April 16, 2007.

Flugtag, or "flying day" in German, dares creative individuals to pilot their human-powered aeronautical machines off a 30-foot high ramp and into the wild blue yonder -- or, as is more often the case, directly into the water below. Since its start in Vienna, Austria, in 1991, more than 35 Flugtags have been held around the world, attracting up to 300,000 spectators. The record for the farthest flight-to-date currently stands at 195 feet set in 2000 at Red Bull Flugtag Austria. The U.S. record stands at 81 feet set in Baltimore, Maryland, in 2006. Can you beat that?

WINGS, GUTS AND GRITS

Don't expect to see any ho-hum helicopters or commercial aircraft replicas flying above Riverfront Park this June. Instead, perhaps a pirate ship or a two-story puffin will soar through the air. In short, the more flamboyant, the better because teams aren't judged solely on whether or not they'll go the distance.

Teams are judged on three criteria: distance, creativity and showmanship. Distance means exactly what you think: how far can you fly? Creativity, well, keeps it interesting. The aesthetically pleasing and eye-catching crafts score best here. For the showmanship portion, each team will be given one minute on the flight deck before they launch their craft. This minute can be filled with dancing, skits, and general tom foolery to get the crowd roaring. The sky's literally the limit here -- so get inspired, brainstorm the implausible and sketch something outrageous!

A FINAL NOTE

What would a contest be without a few rules? 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 other than your brute strength). Secondly, 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 payoff can be sweet for those who play by the rules. The first place prize is a pilot's training course (cash value $7,500), second place gets skydiving lessons (cash value $3,000) and third place can learn to paraglide (cash value $1,500). There is also a special prize awarded for the People's Choice which will be decided day of by spectators' SMS voting.

Red Bull Flugtag Nashville 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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