Tue, Jul 19, 2011
Many Try, Some (Kind Of) Fly, All Splash
The world's craziest festival of flight took place in Leeds on
Sunday July 17th, 2011 to find the best in amateur aviation from
all corners of the UK. The renowned Red Bull Flugtag finally
returned to the UK shores for the first time since 2008.
15,000 people defied the rain to watch 34 teams of avid aviators
launch their home made flying machines into the lake to see how far
they can fly.
This year’s wacky races saw entrants from teams such as
‘Steven Seagull’ ... the World’s first Kung Fu
seagull; ‘Up The Level’ an all-female team which
recreated the worldwide app sensation Angry Birds with an ambitious
build that encompassed all of the iconic elements of the game; and
‘The Ice Cream Machine’ which measured over 15 feet in
length, consisting of a replica wafer cone and headed at the front
by a delicious ice-cream whip.
To Infinity And The Pond
Toy Story heroes To Infinity and the Pond took first place at
the event. The team pulled out all the stops with their Toy Story
costumes, scoring an impressive 39 out of 40 points for
Come On Kes
Come on Kes eventually made it off the ramp after a delayed
start. Despite their prolonged preparations, and brazen confidence,
they didn't quite make it to the other side of the lake, however
they still scooped the glory for the furthest flight.
Mr Whippy and His Team of Toppings were the first off the ramp
and set an impressive benchmark for the day.
Some of the early highlights include a overgrown Orville, a
giant Yorkshire pudding and a Delorean. For some real flying, the
crowds also got to enjoy an aerobatic display of loop-the-loops
from the Red Bull Matadors.
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