Red Bull Gives You Wings…

…but not very good ones.

Hi everybody. I’m Chris Chamberlain, your newest MetroBlogger. I reckon I will forever be known as “The Other Chris,” since Mr. Wage is one of the Godfathers, excuse me…Captains of this here site.

But enough about me. If you really care, you can check me out here or here.

I’m here to talk about FLUGTAG.

For the unitiated, FLUGTAG is an exhibition/competition sponsored by the good folks at Red Bull. The general idea is to assemble some sort of flying machine as a team and then to hurtle it and at least one pilot off the top of a 30 foot ramp into some body of water. Picture a cross between Leonardo DaVinci and “Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines.”

Oh, wait a minute. Nobody who comes to this site is old enough to remember that movie. Note to self, Chris #2: You’re the oldest guy here.

OK, so it’s like a cross between Leonardo DaVinci and “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” Yeah, that’s better.

It’s about the spectacle, not the achievement. That is to say, they’re not very good flying machines. The U.S. record Flugtag flight is only 78 feet. And remember a lot of that is the 30 feet of down from the ramp to the water.

Thirty teams of Nashvillagers have been selected to build their entries and take the plunge this Saturday, June 23 at Riverfront Park. Gates open at 11:00 and the first flight is scheduled for around 1:00. Personally, I think they oughta give a medal to anybody willing to take a dip in the Cumberland River, regardless of how far they flew/fell to get there.

For more info or to see some really entertaining videos of past Flugtags (literally “Flight Day” in German) from across the United States, take a jump over to here.

1 Comment so far

  1. john h (unregistered) on June 20th, 2007 @ 2:28 pm

    As long as the stomach holds out, you will not be the oldest blogger on the block. Chenowith and I have you chopped in that category.

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