TAMPA, Fla. - A record crowd of 110,000 gathered down by the bay to witness 35 teams launch their human-powered flying machines at Red Bull Flugtag Tampa Bay. It was the first craft of the day, local team Tampa Baywatch, that took home top prize with their hotter-than-“The Hoff” skit and a flight distance of 109 feet. “We knew we were going to fly, but we weren’t sure how far. We were all freaking out a little bit being the first team off with over 100,000 people watching you. It’s just amazing – once in a lifetime,” said Tampa Baywatch pilot, Keith Humphrey, who was joined on the flight deck by his twin, Kevin Humphrey, and teammates Chris Elmore, David West and Kevin Riley.
While Tampa Bay may be its latest touchdown, Red Bull Flugtag is a competition with Austrian roots – the first flying day was held in Vienna in 1991. Since then, more than 40 Red Bull Flugtags have been held around the world from Rome to Cleveland. The international flight distance record currently stands at 195 feet set in 2000 at Red Bull Flugtag Austria. The North American flight record of 155 feet was set last year at Red Bull Flugtag Nashville.