PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Thousands of people are expected at the Three Rivers Regatta Saturday.

Sure, the power boat races and food are a popular draw, but the main event will be something else. Many are coming just to see the Red Bull Flugtag.

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So, what is this event all about?

KDKA’s Dave Crawley took a flight on Friday morning to give Pittsburgh a first look at this unique and fun event.

Logan Randolph’s team built a “ketchup bottle” entry and a Pittsburgh “bridge” for test runs. He showed KDKA the one he’d be piloting. The bridge.

Crawley: “This looks aerodynamically sound here.”

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Randolph: “Absolutely, very streamlined.”

So, donning a life jacket and helmet our own Dave Crawley walked to the end of the pier. A 22-foot drop into the Allegheny River.

Instructors from Red Bull helped him get situated on the “flying bridge.” They counted down from three, and pushed off. The result was a 20-foot “flight” and an ungraceful belly flop.


Though it was an exciting experience, the effort missed the Flugtag record by 180 feet.

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