Red Bull Flugtag is almost upon us again which means a plethora of sometimes clever, sometimes not-so-clever, but always hilarious home-made, human-powered flying machines diving nose first into a body of water. In the past the flying machines are usually launched off a pier about 30 feet high and most of them barley glide through the air at all.
It’s really the showmanship we’re excited about. This summer Red Bull Flugtag will be hitting the waters of Boston, MA for what we hope will be the best showing yet. Since Boston is home to some of America’s most historic icons, sports teams and universities we know the good people of Beantown won’t disappoint with some of their home made flying contraptions.
Here are a some ideas for Boston we hope to see at #RedBullFlugtag this year.
The event is set to hit the DCR’S Hatch Memorial Shell August 20th, but sign ups are over May 13th, so head over to Red Bull Flugtag to sign up now.
Paul Revere Riding a Giant horse with American Striped Wings
Paul Revere was a prosperous and prominent Boston silversmith, who helped organize an intelligence and alarm system to keep watch on the British military. What better way to pay homage to tha man responsible to alerting the Colonial militia to the approach of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord, than to send him flying into the Charles River on a massive flying horse with patriotic wings.
Tom Brady’s Giant Head With Wings
No shocker here. Tom Brady is the patron saint of Boston. So what better way to pay homage to the king than to watch a giant Brady head with wings sail off into The Back Bay on the Charles River. We have a feeling somehow, someway this one will just keep going, flying off into the sunset.
The Flying Duck Boat
The Sons of Liberty and the Boston Tea Party
On the night of December 16, 1773, Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty boarded three ships in the Boston harbor and threw 342 chests of tea overboard. This resulted in the passage of the punitive Coercive Acts in 1774 and pushed the two sides closer to war. We thought what better than to have Sam Adams fly off into the waters that made him the infamous face of the Sons of Liberty.
Bobby Orr’s Iconic Diving Goal
In 1970 Bobby Orr went on to lead the Bruins in a march through the playoffs that culminated on May 10, 1970, when he scored one of the most famous goals in hockey history and one that gave Boston its first Stanley Cup since 1941.
The goal came off a give-and-go pass with teammate Derek Sanderson at the 40-second mark of the first overtime period in the fourth game, helping to complete a sweep of the St. Louis Blues.
Bill Russell Dunking a Giant Basketball
In a city known for it’s amazing talent pool of professional athletes, Bill Russell, like Tom Brady and Bobby Orr, was a legend. The center of the Boston Celtics from 1956 to 1969 where he helped his team take home an unprecedented 11 championships. With a 7’4″ wingspan we thought who better than to build a Red Bull Flugtag off of then “The Secretary of Defense” himself.
With Nine championships in 13 years, Patriots (2001, 2003, 2004, 2014), Red Sox (2004, 2007, 2013), Celtics (2008), and Bruins (2011) Boston has become a haven of professional athletic prowess, and their fans won’t ever stop letting you know that. So we figure why fight it? Embrace the culture. A flying machine made up of all four championship trophies might not get that far, but it will get the point across.