You build a homemade airplane and launch it off a ramp, over a body of water, using only human power… what could possibly go wrong? Now, add in costumes, music, and the world’s most popular energy drink, and you have the world-famous Red Bull Flutag.
In German, “Flutag” translates to “Flying Day,” and Red Bull has announced that the Flutag will be returning to Portland this year, on August 1st at the McCall Waterfront Park. Flutag events have been held worldwide for 23 years.
Flutag teams are comprised of five members. Teams are judged not only on flight distance, but creativity and showmanship as well. In case you were wondering, the world record Flutag flight distance is 258 feet. Perhaps Portland’s proximity to Seattle (site of Boeing’s assembly plants) will influence some true aviation engineers to get involved. For design inspiration, the Flutag videos on YouTube are pretty incredible, and hilarious!
Flutag events are known for drawing 50,000-80,000 people, and they look like an absolute blast! I’ve never attended one, but I am hoping to make it to PDX for this one, so consider this a PSA. Applications for PDX Flutag teams opened on March 18th, and close on May 12th, with only the first 500 applications being considered. You can apply online at redbullflutag.com. More information about the event is also available on Facebook at the Red Bull Flutag Page.
Red Bull’s Air Race World Championship continues this year, with eight stops. In this year’s first race, held in Abu Dhabi in February, Paul Bonhomme of Great Britain took First Place – and along with it 12 points toward the World Championship. The next race will be held May 16-17th in Chiba, Japan. You can purchase Air Race tickets and find out more information about the series here.