Last Saturday, the laws of physics were defied and put naysayers to shame as a flock of brightly colored chicken suited daredevils known as ‘The Chicken Whisperers‘ soared over Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach at the first National Red Bull Flugtag. This is the first time Red Bull’s infamous home-made contraption competition reached a national level with multiple competitions all over the country occurring on the same day. Long Beach was the only location on the west coast – other locations being Washington, D.C., Miami, Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth.
With a total of 28 teams attempting to successfully fly their apparatuses and an audience of over 110,000, It only makes sense that the drink known to give you wings would break through boundaries and set world records.
The Chicken Whisperers, a team of aerospace and mechanical engineers from Palo Alto and Mountain View, proved that poultry could not only fly, but fly far. With an extraordinary trajectory of 258 feet they easily soared through the previous world record of 229 feet.
Having the home field advantage, Long Beach’s Legendary Flying Machine glided into second place and the Oakley Factory Pilots drifted into third with their anglerfish. The People’s Choice Award of the day went to the patriotic team Red, White and Brew.