Red Bull Flugtag returns to Miami
DOWNTOWN MIAMI (WSVN) -- Thousands packed Biscayne Park in Downtown Miami to witness the 12th annual Red Bull Flugtag, Saturday.
It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Flugtag Miami.
Flugtag, which means "flying day" in German, is a competition featuring the world's wildest homemade, human-powered flying machines. The competition returned to South Florida as well as four other cities, Saturday.
Hoping to go far in the skies around Bayfront Park are: a flying mustache, zombies, a pirate ship and even a flying hamburger.
Also among those hoping to go far were five military veterans from Raleigh, North Carolina. The group has raised more than $5 million for the Salute Our Troops Campaign over the past two summers, and they are excited to be at the Red Bull Flugtag in Miami. "Give back to Salute Our Troops, raise money all summer long for USO and Fisher House, and the USVC. This is our way to give back and put a big exclamation point on 70 days of raising money," said Dan O'Neal.
Being military vets, they have a strategy. "Consistency and go far. We're gonna put the Kangaroo Express Salute Our Troops Flugtag out there on the water," said O'Neal. "This is Miss Angela, our pilot. She's gonna take us to the record. That's what she's gonna do."
The 28 teams who competed Saturday came from North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Florida.
U.S. Air Force skydivers also put on their own performance for everyone in attendance with a flyover.
The first Flugtag event was held in Vienna, Austria in 1991.
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