The Flying Dead Zombie Attack, a Tampa Bay team of five longtime friends, soared to victory this past weekend in the National Red Bull Flugtag, a homemade flying craft competition held in five cities across the United States.
A crowd of 94,000 packed Miami's Bayfront Park and Biscayne Bay as the team of brothers Keith and Kevin Humphrey plus Kevin Riley, Chris Elmore and David West pushed their giant brain-shaped glider to the end of a 30-foot-high ramp and soared to a winning distance of 120 feet.
Their 120-foot effort may have been enough to win the Miami event, but in Long Beach, Calif., another team, the Chicken Whisperers, soared 258 feet and shattered the old world record, set in Germany in 2012, by 29 feet. The Chicken Whisperers were a team of aerospace and mechanical engineers from Palo Alto, Calif. The other National Red Bull Flugtag events were held in Washington, D.C., Dallas and Chicago.
Flugtag, or "flying day" in German, involves designing, building and piloting homemade flying machines. Teams are not only judged on distance, but also on creativity and showmanship.