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Flugtag in San Francisco

"Flugtag" (Fly Day in German) was hosted by the sports drink maker Red Bull and was attended by an estimated crowd of 20,000 spectators. Several friends emailed me about this event just before it happened and I decided to go. It was held at Piers 30-32, and was a free event, held on October 26, 2002. With 100 entries submitted only 35 qualified for this event, with creativity, not aerodynamics in mind. The farthest launches were just a bit over 40 feet, and safety was a main concern with jet ski teams assisting after each splashdown. All craft were removed from the San Francisco Bay via a crane on a barge, after each flight. I did not attend this event as media, thus there were a number of heads and arms in front of me I had to try to avoid. I hope you enjoy this SF inaugural event and let me know if I have a craft that is incorrectly identified. My online story about this event is available at: Pacific Flyer. Note: the first three pictures have a series at the links, scroll down the page. Photographs have captions underneath the pictures. All photographs and captions in this series are from Roger D. Cain (NC 148).

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