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Monday, November 12, 2012

Red Bull Flugtag Brings Out the Brave and the Brainy (Video)

Posted By on Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 8:24 AM

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If you missed the colorful human-powered flight show at McCovey Cove this weekend, no worries, we have this recap video of those daring folks who attempted to defy gravity.

More than 100,000 people came out to watch the annual Red Bull Flugtag event, where they saw sharks, Smurfs, mustaches, etc., as they watched 32 teams launch their homemade aircraft off of a 30-foot flight deck.


Also participating was Oracle TEAM USA's Spirit of 17, which was built using parts from the AC72 wing that was damaged when the boat capsized during an Oct. 16 practice run for the America's Cup. The team did well, reaching 39 feet, according to event organizers.

Now for the winners: Team Movember  flew into first place with a distance of 54 feet; Sugar Skull 138 came in second; and Team Skyjackers took third. The Californauts were awarded the People's Choice award.

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