Groups of amateur aviators will bring their flying machines to the shores of the Charles River on Saturday for Red Bull Flugtag 2016, a quirky event for which participants design, build, and then pilot their own crafts.
Here’s what you need to know about this event, including some unusual facts about the team of Northeastern graduates who will be competing. (Their entry is a flying hot dog.)
• Red Bull has been hosting flugtag events, which means “flying day” in German, since the 1990s. Thirty teams, comprising at least five participants, were selected to participate. Each will bring its own homemade, man-powered craft and attempt to fly it the farthest into the Charles River.
• If you head down to the Esplanade, and position yourself near the DCR Hatch Shell, you will see the 24-foot-high flight deck from which teams will pilot their crafts. The world record flight distance for a Red Bull Flugtag craft is 258 feet.
• Team Flying Franks is comprised of recent Northeastern graduates Frank Marino, Braden Benge, Tom Minieri, and Dan Hack, and rising senior Chris Rollins. You can learn more about their hot dog-themed craft here. During the event, the team will take over Northeastern’s Snapchat account. (The team’s hot-dog themed craft was featured earlier this week in this news@Northeastern video.)
• The teams will be judged on three criteria: creativity, showmanship, and distance. The crafts must be less than 24 feet wide and weigh less than 400 pounds. There is also a People’s Choice Award, for which fans and spectators can vote for their favorite crafts via Instagram and Twitter by posting #RedBullFlugtag and #vote[TEAMTAG].
• Red Bull Flugtag is free and open to public. Gates open at 11 a.m. at the DCR Hatch Shell, with the first craft scheduled to fly (or attempt to fly) at 12:30 p.m. In addition to watching the flights from the shore, boaters can also watch the event from the water near the Hatch Shell.