IRVING -- The hottest event on the September calendar in DFW took place on a glorious autumn-like Saturday at Lake Carolyn in Las Colinas. More than 92,000 spectators took in the National Red Bull Flugtag Day action that featured 32 teams soaring across the North Texas sky in their homemade flying crafts.
Teams from all 50 states took part in the inaugural National Red Bull Flugtag Day events that took place simultaneously in Miami, Chicago, Long Beach, Washington D.C. and Las Colinas. This was the first time that the annual event took place in DFW.
Flugtag, German for 'flying day,' is a competition with teams flying their crafts off a 30-foot high flight deck over a body of water. The celebrity judges panel that included Marty Turco, Spud Webb, Trey Hardee and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez scored the teams not only on distance, but creativity and showmanship. The latter two only helped to contribute to the sheer insanity and fun of the event.
The big winner of the day was the Texas Tomcats, a group of private and commercial pilots who would take home the top prize. The Tomcats scored 10s across the board as they brought a 'Texan' twist to their 72-foot flight.
"A whole lot of prep went into our craft. We worked some long, long nights," said Nathan O'Quinn, pilot of the Texas Tomcats mock f-14 Tomcat craft. "We were also lucky enough to get some serious wind off the flight deck that helped us soar over the lake."
Duck Tape Dynasty finished second, followed by the Texas Bull Fighters in third. The team from the Gas Monkey Garage with its anti-gravity wings wowed the fans and took home the Dallas-Fort Worth People's Choice Award.
Following the action at Lake Carolyn, the teams all headed to the brand new Gas Monkey Bar & Grill on Technology Blvd. in Dallas. The live entertainment was provided by the Old 97s at a bash that went deep into the night.
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