Redbull Flugtag returns to South Africa in 2012

What is possibly the World’s most famous “flying” machine competition, Red Bull Flugtag, is making a return to the Motherland. After a ten year hiatus from South Africa the competition makes its way to Cape Town’s V& A Waterfront on the 9th of December 2012.

For those not in the know, you put together a team which is then challenged by Redbull to build homemade, human-powered flying machines and pilot them off a 6m high ramp in the hopes of achieving flight. Often this does not happen and the team splashes in the murky waters below, which is pretty hilarious. Teams are ultimately judged on flight distance and creativity. Since its inception in Austria in ’92, Red Bull Flugtag has taken place Internationally over 100 times including Benoni in 2002 where 55,000 spectators flocked to Homestead Lake to see 40 crews pull out all the stops to take top honours on the day.

This year 50 crews, from various backgrounds and regions, will be chosen from the application process to take part in the event.

The Red Bull Flugtag festivities will happen right in front of the V & A Waterfront’s Jetty 1 – a location chosen as it lends itself to great viewing for spectators with the striking backdrop of Cape Town’s famous Table Mountain.

We’re really considering entering an MCBN team this year, if you’d like to join the fun, go and check out for more information on how to enter.

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