More than 92,000 people gathered in Irving for National Red Bull Flugtag to watch homemade planes take 30 foot dives into Lake Carolyn. The first Flugtag to make it to North Texas, the event was part of a five-city nationwide party to celebrate man’s dream to fly as the birds do. Thirty-two teams participated in Irving.
The competition was fierce and the costumes even fiercer. In the end, the Texas Tomcats came away with the title thanks to a 72-foot flight that earned perfect marks from the judges. It probably helps that the Tomcats are all pilots.
Duck Tape Dynasty and its mallard duck plane earned runner-up, while the Texas Bull Fighters and their Texas flag-inspired craft earned third place.
Red Bull Flugtag began in 2002, but this was the first year that the event took place in multiple cities. The other Flugtags were in Chicago; Miami; Washington, D.C.; and Long Beach, California