Man in Flight

Since the 1480’s when Leonardo Da Vinci studied manned flight, individuals have had a fascination with taking to the sky. On Saturday, July 24th 2010, Red Bull sponsored their Flugtag event here in the Twin Cities.

Red Bull Flugtag (“flying day” in German) is a competition that challenges 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.

There were over 30 teams from the Twin Cities area participating, 200 applicants, and over 90,000 on lookers. It was a stunning afternoon to watch the team Major Trouble and the Dirty Dixies take home the world record-breaking distance, 207 feet.

Major Trouble and the Dirty Dixies are new local hero’s. The team consists of employees from Jersey’s Bar & Grill, a hangout in Inver Grove Heights, MN. They set out on a mission to become champions and they more than succeeded. I have never heard a crowd erupt in applause like they did that day after their incredible victory.

Red Bull Flugtag Twin Cities will also be featured in a reality series called “On the Wings of Glory” airing Sundays after baseball starting September 5th on FOX Sports Network.

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