I Believe I Can Fly

National Red Bull Flugtag teams fly high for huge crowds at Lake Carolyn in Irving

National Red Bull Flugtag teams fly high for huge Dallas crowds

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Gas Monkey Garage was one of 32 Flugtag teams competing on September 21 at Lake Carolyn. Photo by Danny Hurley
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Team Down to Earth Works had an interesting flight path. Photo by Danny Hurley
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Team Bass Ackwards lived up to its name. Photo by Danny Hurley
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The Fayettechill Flyers brought mascots. Photo by Danny Hurley
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Some teams got greater airtime than others. Photo by Danny Hurley
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Team FBG takes flight. Photo by Danny Hurley
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Aaron, Lauren, Lauren and Leslie. Photo by Danny Hurley
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Marie Hemphill and Jennifer King Photo by Danny Hurley
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Team Hee Haw brought the spirit of frontier life to Las Colinas. Photo by Danny Hurley
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Team Pegacorn was all smiles. Photo by Danny Hurley
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Texas Tomcats took home the title. Photo by Danny Hurley
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As pilots, the Texas Tomcats had a bit of an advantage. Photo by Danny Hurley
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The Toy Escape makes a splash. Photo by Danny Hurley
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Team Velvet Elvis enjoying the afternoon. Photo by Danny Hurley
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The Viva Knievels went all out in the costume department. Photo by Danny Hurley
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Members of team Twin Peaks carried props. Photo by Danny Hurley
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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