With the deadline fast approaching for applications to Boston’s first-ever Red Bull Flugtag competition, teams around the city are fine-tuning their bids for the kooky celebration of flight.
The contest invites groups of five to design a craft, then push that craft off a 38-foot-high platform over a body of water. In Boston’s case, that’s the Charles River. The cut-off for applicants is May 13.
The teams dress up in costumes, perform a choreographed dance number, then shove off. Points are awarded for creativity, quality of the dance, and distance the mini-airplanes fly before crashing.
Some aim for engineering precision, others for sheer laughs. YouTube videos of planes shaped like giant cakes, sharks, soccer balls and human heads speak to the variety of ways creative tinkerers have traveled from liftoff to splashdown.
Last Thursday, Secret Boston invited a handful of Flugtag teams to meet with Metro in SB’s headquarters in Jamaica Plain.
Here’s what they told us about their plans:
Team 90s Nostalgia