Fatboy and Red Bull by the Sea

lounging on a sea of Fatboys

This year at Miami’s Flugtag event everyone enjoyed watching the show along the shore lounging on the sea of Fatboys. More than 30 teams from across the Southeast tested the limits of human-powered flight in front of thousands at Bayfront Park before splashing into the waters of Biscayne Bay below.

Red Bull Flugtag was an intense competition that challenged the bold and brainy to design, build and pilot homemade flying machines off a 30-foot high flight deck in hopes of soaring into a new US record but many plummet strait into the Bay below, which was a good thing because then they were able to chill in a Fatboy and soak up the Miami sun! Flugtag, which means “flying day” in German, pushes the envelope of human-powered flight, but competitors needed more than airtime to reach the podium. Teams were judged on three criteria: flight distance, creativity of the craft, and showmanship. Mr. Fatboy would have won but opted to lay on the beach instead!