No-Fly Flugtag: Epic Fails From Red Bull’s Amateur Airplane Contest

From gliding masterpieces to flying waffles, the Flugtag has seen it all. This reel celebrates the very best of the worst.

Ah, Red Bull Flugtag: the bush-league flying contest where teams attempt to keep their homemade machines airborne for as long as possible.

Since its inception in 1992, the now-global competition has attracted every sort of amateur engineer and wannabe pilot to its jester’s stage.

Ahead of the 2022 Flugtag season, Red Bull’s put together this montage of the event’s most memorable failures to launch.

Runtime: 7.5 minutes

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Jilli Cluff

Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing — and life would never be the same. She now works as a contributor, gear tester, and editor for GearJunkie and other outlets within the AllGear family. She is based out of Atlanta, Georgia where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.

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