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About Red Bull
Flugtag.

Red Bull Flugtag challenges the brave and brainy to design, build and pilot home-made flying machines off a 30 foot high flight deck in hopes of soaring into the wild blue yonder, or more often, plunging into the waters below. Flugtag, which means “flying day” in German, pushes the envelope of human-powered flight, but competitors need more than airtime to reach the podium.

Teams are judged on three criteria: flight distance, creativity of the craft, and showmanship. This criteria has inspired flying tacos, prehistoric pterodactyls and even a giant hamburger to grace the Red Bull Flugtag flight decks! Since the first Red Bull Flugtag took place in Vienna, Austria, in 1992, more than 150 Red Bull Flugtags have been held around the globe, attracting up to 300,000 spectators for a single event.

On September 7th, Red Bull Flugtag makes its highly anticipated return to St. Paul at Harriet Island Park! Hundreds of teams apply for a coveted spot with only 50 of the highest quality teams being selected to participate. Doors open at 1030 AM! See FAQs for more information.

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Timeline & Dream of flight

The story of flight.

And the story of Red Bull Flugtag as we are
"Rich of History, sort of"

1480

LEONARDO DA VINCI FIRST STUDIES HUMAN FLIGHT.

Leonardo da Vinci made over 100 drawings illustrating his theories.
Notable craft: The Ornithopter

1799

SIR GEORGE CAYLEY DESIGNED MANY MORE GLIDERS.

He shaped the wings which allowed correct air flow giving lift to his gliders.

1800

OTTO LILIENTHAL FIRST DESIGNED A GLIDER THAT COULD FLY A PERSON LONG DISTANCES.

German engineer, Otto Lilienthal (1848-1896) became known as the Glider King.

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1903

THE WRIGHT BROTHERS' FIRST FLIGHT.

The two Americans regularly took to the air in gliders. Notable achievement: first heavier-than-air flight of 120 feet at Kitty Hawk.

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Many more

1992

RED BULL FLUGTAG TAKES FIRST FLIGHT!

Bizarre and innovative flying machines took flight in Vienna and has been held every year since.

1997

RED BULL FLUGTAG LEAVES ITS HOME!

The viewing area in Germany was the Wannsee swimming beach in Berlin. The first Swiss Red Bull Flugtag took place in Zürich.

1999

DUBLIN HAS ITS FIRST FLUGTAG!

As Flugtag tours Europe, they arrive at our very own Dublin, Ireland!

2000

NEW RECORD OF 62 METERS!

In addition, Johannesburg had the honour of hosting the first Red Bull Flugtag outside of Europe!

2003

BORN TO FLY: USA JOINS FLUGTAG.

And Antwerp celebrated the 25th Red Bull Flugtag. London's Hyde Park sets record with 350,000 Brits turning out for the UK premiere.

2004

300,000 CROWD IN HAMBURG'S HAFENCITY.

The huge crowd represented the year on year success of this unique event for all the family.

2005

HALF A CENTURY!

Bratislava in Slovakia held the 50th Red Bull Flugtag.

2008

ANOTHER ANNIVERSARY! So many Flugtags!

The 75th Red Bull Flugtag was held in the Polish city of Posnan.

2010

A NEW WORLD RECORD!

A whopping 63.09 meters flown in front of 90,000 lucky spectators.

2011

A CENTURY MARKED IN DUBLIN!

On May 22nd the 100th Red Bull Flugtag took place in the Dun Laoghaire Harbour in Dublin!

2012

20TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!

The biggest celebration was met with a new world record of 69.79 meters on May 28th, 2012 in Mainz (Germany). The Red Bull Flugtag spectacle moved on also to Singapore (for the first time!), and finally back to its roots in Vienna (Austria).

2013

NEW RECORD.

With 78.5 meters the "Chicken Whisperers" break the record in Long Beach, USA.

2016

CENTURY AND A HALF!

The 150th Red Bull Flugtag took place in Lima, Peru.

2017

3.5 MILLION SPECTATORS.

In the last 25 years, over 3.5 million people spectated Red Bull Flugtag.

Any Questions?

FAQ

What is Red Bull Flugtag?

Red Bull Flugtag is an international event where teams will have to construct, display, and launch a self-made flying contraption off a ramp above water! Some will fly briefly, and some will flop in front of thousands watching on the day! The competition is judged by three criteria: distance, creativity of craft and showmanship. A true Flugtag champion flies with flair!

Just in case you were wondering Flugtag, which is pronounced FLOOG-TOG, means “flying day” in German.

Where are the teams from?

Of the 40 selected teams, 25 are from the Twin Cities area and 32 are from Minnesota. Other teams hail from West Fargo, ND, Grand Forks, ND,  Sioux Falls, SD., Cedar Rapids, IA, Overland Park, KS, Lexington, KY. and Schaumburg, IL.

When is Red Bull Flugtag St. Paul?

It all goes down on Saturday, September 7.  Gates open at 10:30am and the first team takes flight at noon. The awards ceremony will be around 3:45PM . There will be a large flow of spectators during the day, so please allow yourself plenty of time to move around the site if you are meeting friends.

 

 

How much does it cost?

Red Bull Flugtag St. Paul is free to enter!

Where can I watch from?

The main event will take place at Harriet Island park. Teams, food vendors, event partners and the Flight Deck will be front and center for your viewing enjoyment. 

There will be also viewing from Upper Landing Park, but the with an abbreviated event experience. North Island Park will have a limited number of concessionaires.

How do I get there?

If you came to Red Bull Flugtag in 2010 then you know how great it is and how many people come out to enjoy the event. Here are a few suggestions on how to get to the venue:

Walk

Harriet Island Park is a short walk over the Wabasha Street Bridge from central St. Paul. Walking will be the easiest way to access and enjoy the event.

Ride Share

A ride share point will be designated for the event. Your driver will have the necessary information to get to the venue.

Drive

We’re expecting a lot of traffic on event day, parking is available nearby but is expected to fill up quickly.

What can I bring with me?

Here’s a list of allowed items:

Water and water containers. 

Blankets

Umbrellas

Baby strollers

Portable chairs

Binoculars

A great attitude.

What can't I bring with me?

These items are prohibited at Red Bull Flugtag and all spectators are subject to bag search at entrance gates:

No Large bags

No Weapons of Any Kind

No Outside Alcohol

No Coolers

No Glass Containers

No Food

No Pets

NoTents

No Illegal Vending

No Drones

Bicycles are not allowed in the venue. 

 

Will food and drinks be available?

Yes, Red Bull Flugtag will have a variety of food available for purchase. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase.

Can I bring my pet?

No, we ask that you leave your furry friend at home. Service animals are permitted. 

What do the crafts typically look like?

Depends on your imagination! Red Bull Flugtag flying machines range from realistic plane replicas to, well, anything really! Past crafts include Santa and his sleigh, a flying toilet and even a cheeseburger with wings. To gain showmanship points, participants often wear outrageous costumes, act out skits, and dance to their own music soundtracks!

What is the furthest flight in the history of Red Bull Flugtag?

The current world record flight is 258 ft and was set on 21st September 2013, in Long Beach, CA by “The Chicken Whisperers”. Good cluck beating it this year!

The rules

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Red Bull Flugtag is meant to be an enjoyable day out for participants and spectators, but there is clearly an element of risk involved in leaping into a harbour off a 30 foot high ramp and relying on a homemade aircraft for support. The basic rules below are an absolute requirement for participants.

All participants who jump MUST wear a life jacket and helmet provided by the production team.

The Pilot MUST NOT be strapped into the plane, or enclosed in any capsule or cockpit from which they can’t readily escape. Pilots must ride on top of the craft in a crouch position. Craft and Pilot must not exceed 10 feet in height (at the discretion of the safety/craft inspection crew).

Any costume you wear must not pose any risk of getting caught in the aircraft or hampering the Pilot’s ability to see, breath or stay afloat. Pilots must also have a clear view with no obstruction to Pilot’s face (mask, glasses, etc).

All Pilots who jump must be able to swim 90 feet unaided. When you design your costumes, remember you will have to swim in them…

Each team is responsible for the safe design and construction of their aircraft, and we’ll help wherever we can. Your design will be subject to inspection by our Safety Team, who will do all they can to ensure your flight is safe. If the Safety Team isn’t 100% satisfied, you will have to make adjustments.

When you are finalising construction on site, and when you launch, the Pilot and Ground Crew shall not be under the influence of alcohol.  This also means not jumping with a serious hangover.  Any team or person who does appear under the influence will be disqualified.

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You will be launching into water, so make sure your craft floats.  Wherever possible select materials which are lighter than water (wood and plastics) rather than metal.  Obviously there may be parts of the craft which require metal in their design, in which case, make sure these are attached to some kind of flotation device.

Only human power is permitted – no motors, rockets, battery power or sneaky elastic bands.

Your entry must be entirely designed and constructed by the Team; you cannot adapt a light aircraft or hang-gliders.

Your design must be no wider than 24 feet from wing-tip to wing-tip (assuming it has such things as wings), no longer than 20 feet from nose to tail (assuming it has these too).

Craft and pilot combined cannot exceed 400 lbs.  The pilot on top of the craft must be in a good crouch position, not exceeding 10 ft. high, from the top of their head to the flight deck.  For two-part crafts (where the base separates from the craft) the launcher base cannot exceed a height of 5 feet.

All crafts must be pushed from rear, no catapulting.

Your aircraft needs to get up the flight deck ramp and be recovered from the water, so make it as light as possible – and preferably use materials which don’t become waterlogged (like heavy fabrics).  This also applies to your costumes.

Avoid the use of any toxic material or substance which may dissolve into the water.  We have a duty to protect the environment we’re using and this means selecting build materials carefully.  You are also strongly advised not to use materials which may fragment or be hard to clean up.

When you are designing and building, consider what is likely to happen when it hits the water.  Make sure there are no hard or sharp surfaces around the cockpit which may cause injury.  Round off those corners and make sure no nails, screws or other sharp fixings project near handholds or the Pilot.

All crafts will be recovered from the water by the safety team and they will dispose of the crafts thoughtfully.

Each team shall consist of five people: one Pilot and four Ground Crew members.

All participants must be over the age of 18.

All participants must be fit and well at the time of the jump, and free of any medical conditions which may be exacerbated by participation.

Calling the fearless, the fun loving and the foolhardy.

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Fast is good, but outrageous is even better.

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