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'Glad Winners' fly to victory at Red Bull Flugtag in Hyde Park

16. June 2008

Team Glad Winners, from Southampton, flew to first place in the Red Bull Flugtag in London’s Hyde Park, topping the leaderboard with an amazing 57 points. 80,000 excited spectators watched the home-made, 60kg ‘CG1’ machine, constructed from wood and fibreglass, fly over 17.5 metres to victory, piloted by Tom Bryer.  

The Cullinan Bird, designed and built by a team of engineers and architects from London wowed the crowd with the longest flight of the day, soaring for over 39m before landing in the Serpentine. But the Red Bull Flugtag competition isn’t all about distance and the Cullinan Bird team failed to impress the judges with their pre-flight performance, resulting in a 5th place finish.

Second place in the crazy, flying extravaganza was taken by the Flying Aquanauts’ ‘Yellow Submarine’ with 56 points. Third place with 55 points was taken by Dragon’s Tale, built by a team from Wales.

The competition was judged on distance flown and level of creativity. Points were also awarded for the entertainment value of the pre-flight performance by the celebrity judging panel which included Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel-Horwood, BBC Fame Academy’s Carrie Grant and model Jodie Kidd.

Red Bull Cola

The Red Bull Flugtag follows Red Bull's recent foray into the cola market in the UK with the launch of a Red Bull cola drink back in March 2008. Twenty years in the making, Red Bull Simply Cola is made with 100% natural ingredients, including the original kola nut and the coca leaf. It has no preservatives, additives, phosphoric acid, artificial colourings or flavours, and is supplied in 250ml cans.