Red Bull Flutag sends competitors airborne

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    UNDATED (CNN) -- Thousands of daredevils turned out to compete in the first national Red Bull Flugtag competition Saturday. It was held simultaneously in five cities across the U.S.

    In the National Red Bull Flugtag, the only rules are one pilot over 18-years of age, four people to aid in takeoff, a max wingspan of 28 fee, a max weight of 400 pounds, and it has to be completely human powered.

    The pilots launched their flying machines off a 30-foot ramp into the waters below. For some it was success, but for others a sad defeat.

    Prizes vary from a team skydiving excursion, to sporting and music tickets.

    What are the judges looking for? Distance, creativity, and of course showmanship.

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