Written by Phil Cerroni
By Amanda Casanova
Irving will welcome competing teams of homemade, human-powered flying machines in September for the Red Bull Flugtag.
The event, named for the German word for “flying day,” will feature flying machines, each piloted by a participant that will flutter off a 30-foot ramp and then splash into Lake Carolyn.
Notable crafts that have been built for the event in other cities include a winged dog, a giant soccer ball, an oversized iPhone and a “Wagon family truckster” replica from “National Lampoon’s Vacation.”
The Irving City Council voted unanimously on Feb. 7 to approve a special event permit for the one-day event.
More than 150 people are expected to participate when the event comes to Irving on Sep. 21, according to City staff, and the event could draw up to 50,000 spectators.
Teams will be judged in three categories: creativity, distance and showmanship. Rules include building a machine that floats and uses environmentally friendly materials.
That same day in September, other Flugtag events will take place across the country, including in Long Beach, CA, Chicago and Tampa, FL.
The record for the longest flight in a Flugtag competition is 229 feet. The record was set May 28, 2012 in Germany.