Flug Tag! Louisville


The waterfront was lined with people last weekend all trying to spectate Red Bull’s 2016 Flugtag. Many spectators watched as over 33 teams lead their handcrafted, human-powered aircrafts off a 22 foot launch pad into the Ohio River.

IMG_2022One onlooker, Nick Stoller, commented, “I think it was the perfect combination of adrenaline and goofiness. Everyone from families to groups of young adults all laughing and having a great time.”

Afternoon showers and winds only delayed the competition but the competitors didn’t let it get in their way from showcasing their creations. People stuck around for over four hours to watch most the aircrafts plummet the 22 feet before splashing into the river.cardinal

None of the teams last Saturday flew past the 90 foot bench mark which is nowhere near the world record at 258 feet, set in 2013 in Long Beach, Calif.

Red Bull’s Flugtag started in Vienna, Austria in 1991. Since then, over 100 races have been hosted in cities all over the world.

IMG_2019The teams Saturday were judged not only on how far their machines flew but also on showmanship and creativity. MMMad MMMax took first place, followed by The Dukes of Hazzardous in second and Kentucky Power in third.