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Red Bull Flugtag Comes to Philly During Labor Day Weekend

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Philadelphia has more “must see” events each year than I could even begin to count, but one event that is definitely on that list for 2010 is the Red Bull Flugtag! If you’ve never heard the term “flugtag“, worry not, as I’m about to educate you. In German, the word means “flying day,” but in terms of this particular event, what it really means is launching a homemade flying machine off a 30-foot high flight deck at the Camden Waterfront. The idea is to get some air and actually fly, but the vast majority of the contraptions at these events end up crashing spectacularly into the water.

Ready for a little history lesson? The first Red Bull Flugtag took place in Austria, in 1991, and more than 80 Flugtags have since been held all over the world. One event had 300,000 spectators! A new U.S. record for the farthest flight was set at the Red Bull Flugtag in Nashville, at 155 feet! I can’t wait to see if someone smashes that record here in Philly!

Thirty-four teams are competing in the Red Bull Flugtag Philly event, and some of them have some names clearly inspired by the location, such as the Delaware River Rats, Founding Flyers, It’s Always Sunny in Space, Let Freedom Wing, Phlying Phanatics, and The Rocky 5. You can learn more about the teams, and see sketches of their Flugtags at the Red Bull Flugtag website. As you’ll see, many of the teams are comprised of locals.

The Philadelphia Red Bull Flugtag takes place September 4, 2010 (that’s Labor Day weekend) at the Camden Waterfront, pier 1. The gates open at 11:00 a.m., but the flying starts at 1:00 p.m. The last flight is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.