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Red Bull's wacky Flugtag coming to Waterfront Park

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Red Bull is bringing its wacky Flugtag airshow to Louisville.  

The first word came this morning from Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, who tweeted a one-word hint of "flugtag." 

Since 1991, Red Bull Flugtag (which translates to “Flying Day” in German) has made stops around the world, challenging competitors to build and pilot homemade, human-powered flying machines. With the backdrop of the Ohio River, the outrageous flying competition will take place at Waterfront Park on Saturday, Aug. 27th.

The machines are launched off a pier into water. The one that travels farthest wins.  Most competitors enter for the entertainment value, and the flying machines rarely fly at all.

The event has attracted up to 100,000 spectators in other cities. 

The application phase starts today and calls for teams of carpenters, athletes, designers, engineers, entertainers and everyone in between to attempt to turn their dreams of flight into reality. Five-member teams of aspiring aviators and courageous craftsmen and women can apply for a chance to compete at Red Bull Flugtag 2016 by submitting flying-machine plans to www.RedBullFlugtag.com.

The deadline to submit craft designs is May 1st.

Applications will be reviewed, and teams will be selected by end of May. On August 27th, competitors will take the plunge off the 22-foot-high flight deck in front of thousands of roaring fans as they attempt to break the 258-foot distance record, set in 2013. 

Red Bull only does their Flugtag in a couple U.S. cities each year.  Boston is the other U.S. city this year. Last year, it was only in Portland. In Germany, more than 500,000 people turn out to watch.

Applying to participate in Red Bull Flugtag is free. Pilots and participants must be 18 or older. For more information, including applications, rules, photos and video footage from past Red Bull Flugtag events, visit www.RedBullFlugtag.com.

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