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National Red Bull Flugtag Homemade Flying Competition Makes Countrywide Splash With Five Events In One Day

More than 750 aspiring aviators composing more than 150 teams across the country took on the challenge with crafts that only their imaginations could dream up. The spectators saw an incredibly varied cast of characters perform atop the five flight decks before taking off with (oftentimes far-fetched) aspirations of flight, including lumberjacks from Vermont, dragon riders from Fort Lauderdale, firemen from Skokie, bullfighters from Fort Worth, pirates from California, and even unicorn hunters from Virginia. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. 1 st Place - Harvest Bureau ( New Holland, Penn.) 54 feet 2 nd Place - Viking Army ( New Jersey) 51 feet 3 rd Place - Duck Hunt ( Richmond, Va.) 51 feet People's Choice - Made in 'Murica ( McGaheysville, Va.) 36 feet

Winner's Quote:"We had high hopes and we knew we had a solid craft. Farmers work in the rain or shine and the result exceeded our expectations," said Harvest Bureau crew member Ryan Grabowski. "When we saw it take flight, it was a great feeling."

Southpoint Waterfront hosted the first Red Bull Flugtag held in our nation's capitol, and more than 10,000 ticketed spectators can now say they personally witnessed history.

MIAMI 1 st Place - The Flugtag Flying Dead ( Tampa, Fla.) 120 feet2 nd Place - Hard Rock Flying Legendary Burger ( Orlando, Fla.) 57 feet 3 rd Place - Team O'Daly's Mustache Ride ( Mobile, Ala.) 69 feet People's Choice - Gator Aviators ( Gainesville, Fla.) 69 feet

Winner's Quote: "We had so many setbacks while building, but we finally caught some luck and good weather to finish what we really felt was a great craft," said Kevin Riley, captain of Team Flugtag Flying Dead. This is the team's third Red Bull Flugtag victory.

A crowd of 94,000 spectators on land and on water packed into Bayfront Park and Biscayne Bay to witness the fourth Red Bull Flugtag held in Miami.

DALLAS 1 st Place - Texas Tomcats ( Hallsville, Tex.) 72 feet2 nd Place - Ducktape Dynasty ( Denton, Tex.) 42 feet3 rd Place - Texas Bull Fighters ( Ft. Worth) 36 feetPeople's Choice - Gas Monkey Garage ( Dallas) 9 feet

Winner's Quote: "A whole lot of prep went into our craft.  We worked some long, long nights," said Nathan O'Quinn, pilot of the mock F-14 Tomcat craft. "We were also lucky enough to get some serious wind straight off the flight deck that let us soar over the lake."

The event at Lake Carolyn at Las Colinas Urban Center drew more than 92,000 spectators.

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