We Entered Red Bull Flugtag. Without Wings.By: Garrett Payne
Flugtag -- German for "hahaha oh my god that looks like it's gonna hurt so bad" -- let's people with mostly zero experience in airplane design design an a human-powered flight machine, and then has them send it off a 22' tall ledge and into the water.
It looks a little something like... THIS:
The event has been happening twice a year in different cities across the globe since 1991, with teams applying months in advance to receive the honor of getting to potentially break a rib.
1) Crafts can't be larger than 20' x 24' x 8'.
2) The weight of the craft and pilot can't be greater than 400 lbs.
3) Each craft must undergo numerous insprections to ensure the saftey of the teams.
1) Your craft has to have wings.
Teams are judged based on the uniqueness of their design, the creativity and showmanship of their pre-flight skit, and how far the craft itself flies, which uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuusually isn't very far.
The competition lasts all day and there is an awesome afterparty for the teams... that make it.