Las Colinas is About to Get Flugtagged, and You Have But a Fortnight to Apply
What child hasn’t dreamt of the day they could fly a giant makeshift object with wings off a tall platform and, no more than 100 feet later, into a lake?
That sounds an awful lot like Red Bull Flugtag, finally heading to North Texas.
Flugtag, which has been around since 1992, has just never seemed to get around to Dallas. This year, the bigwigs at Red Bull have anointed DFW as one of the five US locales that will participate this year (with Chicago, DC, Miami, and Long Beach). On September 21 at Lake Carolyn in Las Colinas, DFW will finally receive its Flugtag.
So just what-in-the-hail is a Flugtag?
It’s probably exactly what you were thinking after the first sentence. Grown men and women (18 and up) fly a homemade “aircraft” off a 30-foot-tall ramp into a designated body of water. These aircraft are often built in amusing shapes — pinatas, cows, hamburgers, etc. — and the craft that travels the farthest distance wins. Flugtag in German simply means “flying day”.
But Flugtag is not for the meek. In 2010, a contestant in Romania broke her spine when her piano-shaped vessel hit the water awkwardly. It’s like “Jackass”, but instead of Johnny Knoxville faceplanting into a lake, it’s you. I’m sure Red Bull’s army of lawyers has composed quite a monumental waiver — but people getting hurt definitely isn’t the norm, due to strict building guidelines.
Sure, Red Bull is incredible at marketing, including but not limited to aptly-named soccer clubs and near-outer-space skydiving. Their New Year’s stunts are always fun. Did I mention I love their commercials? And I don’t even drink the stuff.
I say we appreciate creative, albeit a bit dangerous, marketing and enjoy a day of free entertainment.
If all of this sounds like your cup of tea (a cup of tea might be a good idea for an aircraft), apply before June 1 at http://redbullflugtagusa.com/page/apply/?eventcity=dallas.