25 Twin Cities teams announced for upcoming Red Bull Flugtag competition

Teams have been announced for the Red Bull Flugtag competition that returns to St. Paul on Sept. 7.

From an “Ode to Grumpy Cat” to “Tater Tot Titans,” 40 homemade aircraft will fly into the Mississippi River at Harriet Island Regional Park.

Red Bull Flugtag — which means “flying day” in German — is the world’s only human-powered flyer competition.

FLUGTAG TEAMS

Of the 40 teams selected to compete, 25 are from the Twin Cities metro area and 32 are from Minnesota.

Each five-member team will be scored by a panel of celebrity judges on flight distance, creativity and showmanship.

Aircraft will be launched as far as possible from a platform nearly 30 feet above the river.

Here are four creations that local teams will compete with this year:

  • Das Fliegenlucy: Employees from St. Paul restaurant The Nook are creating a flying, Juicy Lucy cheeseburger.
  • St. Paul Raccoon-Teurs: This team will give the raccoon that climbed St. Paul’s 23-story UBS building another opportunity to reach new heights.
  • Project Albatross: A Twin Cities team, who previously competed in 2010, is remaking a Minneapolis art sculpture with their Spoon-bridge Cherry Glider.
  • S’more Problems: A Minneapolis team, including an architect and two engineers, plans to bring an aerodynamic campfire treat.

HISTORY

Red Bull Flugtag has hosted 162 events around the world since 1991. The first competition took place in Vienna, Austria.

St. Paul hosted Red Bull Flugtag for the first time in 2010. An Inver Grove Heights team set a world record of 207 feet.

The Chicken Whisperers hold the current world record with a flight of 258 feet. They took off in Long Beach, Calif., on Sept. 21, 2013.

IF YOU GO

The competition will start at noon on Sept. 7. Spectator entrances at Harriet Island Regional Park will open at 10:30 a.m.

Red Bull Flugtag is free for attendees. This year, Red Bull will give one person a VIP spot to watch the event. To enter for a chance to win, learn more about the event or view team profiles, visit win.gs/flugtagSTP.


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