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Here’s the Team Oracle America’s Cup boat, reborn as an airplane, plunging into McCovey Cove at SF Flugtag (video)

Nov 13, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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What has thousands of spectators and 30 teams which have little hope of actually taking off? That’s right, the NHL. But that also could describe the Red Bull Flugtag, which was staged on Saturday at McCovey Cove just outside of AT&T Park in San Francisco.

More than 116,000 people braved chilly (for California) conditions to watch all manner of homemade flying contraptions being launched from a 30-foot platform into the cove in an attempt to defy gravity. (Flugtag is German for “flying day”). Most did not soar … in fact one crashed while still on the platform. But nearly all were hilarious. Like this giant tobasco sauce.


We even have results: Team Movember landed in first place with a distance of 54 feet, Sugar Skull 138 came in second, Team Skyjackers took third and The Californauts were awarded the People’s Choice award.

The final flight was by Oracle Team USA’s “Spirit of 17” (main photo), which was built using parts of their AC72 wing sail catamaran which was damaged when it capsized during the team’s America’s Cup training on Oct. 16. The “Spirit of 17” reached a distance of 39 feet, but the team wasn’t eligible because skipper Jimmy Spithill was a Red Bull Flugtag judge.

Photos: Garth Milan, Red Bull Content Pool.

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