Photo Galleries: Red Bull Flugtag highlights
It's official. Red Bull's Flugtag will return to the skies and waters of Long Beach on Sept. 21, with brave, brainy and invariably aeronautically inept builders and flyers attempting to gain distance with their homemade flying machines over (and, again, invariably into) Rainbow Harbor.
Flugtag, German for "Flying Day", will take place in five U.S. cities on Sept. 21. The others are Dallas/Ft. Worth, Washington, D.C., Miami and Chicago. It is the second time it has been held in Long Beach.
In 2010, the event drew more than 100,000 people to Rainbow Harbor and the Pike, jamming the area south of Ocean Boulevard as people watched 36 teams launch off a 28-foot-high ramp off the Pine Avenue Pier. In that event, the human-powered semi-flying machines included a grand piano, a giant pig and a larger-than-life mock-up of President Obama's head.
The 2010 event is considered to be the largest single-day event in terms of attendance in the city's history.
"It was an awesome event," says Steve Goodling, president and CEO of the Long Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. "I think it was one of my favorite days in Long Beach. It was a huge crowd, and afterward there was this huge sea of people going up Pine and going into restaurants and bars to continue having fun. It was a phenomenal day for businesses downtown."
Flugtag has been an international spectacle since its initial launch in Vienna in 1991. Since then, it's been held in more than 50 cities around the world.
Applications for the Long Beach event this year are open now. Go to www.redbullflugtagusa.com.