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Red Bull’s ‘Flugtag’ Competitors Attempt (and Fail) to Take Flight

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Monkeyballers compete at Red Bull Flugtag in Boston, MA, USA on 20 August, 2016. // Gameface Media (Marty McCrory) / Red Bull Content Pool // P-20160821-00182 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //
(Marty McCrory/Gameface Media/Red Bull)

Red Bull’s Flugtag—German for “flight day”—is an annual sporting event that boasts homemade, human-powered flying machines. For the first time in its 25-year history, the event came to Boston, where 29 teams tested their crafts over the Charles River. And yes, most of them did spend far more time in the water than above it, as Bostonians proved themselves to be fearless, free-thinking, and not particularly aerodynamic.

Team Greased Lightnin' competes at Red Bull Flugtag in Boston, Mass, USA on August 20, 2016. // Greg Mionske / Red Bull Content Pool // P-20160821-00153 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //
Team Greased Lightnin’ competes at Red Bull Flugtag. (Greg Mionske /Red Bull)
Team Space Wolf competes at Red Bull Flugtag in Boston, MA, USA on 20 August, 2016. // Gameface Media (Marty McCrory) / Red Bull Content Pool // P-20160821-00188 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //
Team Space Wolf competes at Red Bull Flugtag . (Marty McCrory/Gameface Media/Red Bull)

Watch the video below to see these Icaruses (briefly) soar.