In the annual Red Bull Flugtag event which took place this year in Hong Kong, many took to their dream of flying and soared…straight into the harbour.
Flugtag (German for “Flying Day”), which first started in West Kowloon four years ago, is an exhibition event where contestants show off their homemade flying machines. The aircrafts are then judged by their flight distance, creativity and showmanship.
The creations ranged from technologically savvy to downright weird, many intending to send a political message as opposed to actually flying over Tsim Tsa Tsui. One team, “Snail Palace”, described their entry as a statement about the “plight of young people in Hong Kong struggling to buy a home amid sky-high property prices,” according to SCMP.
An evocative metaphor or a last-minute and clever ruse to hide their doomed aircraft? You can decide for yourselves.
Unfortunately, for those who had actually dreamed of achieving aviation prowess, their flight path shared a similar fate and were more water-borne than airborne. The difference however, being that their longer time in the air gave them much desired glory.
Outsign.Lab, a team of designers who took first place, managed to glide their flying-head design a few metres in the air before plunging into the harbour. Their flying machine flew a distance of just seven metres but scored more points for their creative 30-second pre-flight show.
Overall, the event was a massive success and attracted thousands of spectators, many of which probably just wanted to have a good laugh at the massive fails.
[Image credit: SCMP]
By Mandy Liang