Flying tractors and basketball-shaped aircraft: this is Red Bull Flugtag 2022!

Red Bull Flugtag 2022
(Image credit: Red Bull Flugtag 2022)

Red Bull’s iconic Flugtag event made its long-awaited return to the US recently at Milwaukee’s Lake Michigan. More than 50,000 spectators gathered on the water's edge to watch 36 human-powered aircraft attempt to fly across the lake (or at least, get some air time) at the first Flugtag event to take place in the Badger State.

In true Milwaukeean style, many of the teams took inspiration from Wisconsin specialities such as hotdogs, bears and tractors when building their aircraft. Each aircraft was judged on three criteria: the creativity and design of their craft, showmanship of their skit and distance travelled after taking off from the 27-foot platform. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.