The history of the marvellous aviators and their flying machines

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Some of the best moments in Red Bull Flugtag history as it heads to Dublin.

Red Bull Flugtag is a celebration of amateur aviation from the sublime to the ridiculous as budding pilots and their crews see how far their flying machines can travel.

This weekend, it heads to Dun Laoghaire harbour in Dublin in front of 50,000-strong crowd, with the teams entered – made up of friends, family and work colleagues – judged on distance, creativity and showmanship.

On the eve of the next Red Bull Flugtag, we look back at the event’s already rich and wacky history.

Red Bull Flugtag is born

The first brave pioneers hurled themselves into the River Danube in Vienna in their various bizarre and innovative flying machines – all the way back in 1991.

Record numbers

London and Cape Town are vying for the record for best crowds. In 2003, it was estimated that London’s Hyde Park had attracted a quarter of a million people to its event, while nine years later in South Africa the numbers of those in attendance were believed to be 220,000. Some 50,000 are expected in Dublin this weekend.

Widening its horizons

Traditionally renowned for a Viennese and then European base, it widened its horizons to travel outside the continent in 2000 for the first time to Johannesburg. In all, it has visited all manner of places from Auckland to Antwerp and Kuwait to Kiev.


Red Bull Flugtag has enjoyed all manner of landmarks. Its 50th event took place in Bratislava, the Slovakian capital, the 75th was hosted by Poznan, in Poland, and this year’s hosts, Dublin, were on hand for the 100th anniversary.

Record breakers

The not-so-catchy-sounding Don Canallie und seine tollkühnen Schurken set what seemed a stunning benchmark world record distance for 69.79metres in Mainz, Germany, back in 2012. But the Chicken Whisperers, a team of aerospace and mechanical engineers from Palo Alto, California smashed that by a whopping nine metres just a year later. The current record to break in Dublin stands at 78.5m.

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