Crafty thrillseekers in homemade flying machines launched themselves off a six-metre platform and into Sydney Harbour on Saturday as part of this year’s Flutag competition.
Thirty-six teams, each comprising one pilot and three ground crew members, competed in the 2018 Red Bull Flugtag at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair on Saturday, battling it out on distance, creativity and showmanship.
The plunges began at 11.30am with contenders including Victorian family team Splashed Avo, dinosaur-themed The Flyrannosaurus, winged weapon To Bee Or Not To Bee, and BBQ flyer The Soar-Sage Sizzle.
This year’s winner, Chip off the Old Block, featured a giant seagull and hot chips hybrid.
Thousands of spectators watched on from the harbour and from Lady Macquarie’s Chair as the competitors danced, ran, flew and crashed into the water below.
The first Red Bull Flugtag – meaning “flight day” in German – was held in the Austrian capital of Vienna in 1992.
Jumping participants must wear a life jacket and helmet, ride on top of their craft in a crouched position, be able to swim 30 metres unaided and readily escape their contraptions, which have to pass a safety inspection.
“When you design your costumes, remember you will have to swim in them,” the rules state.
Motors, rockets, elastic bands and battery power are not permitted and there is a weight limit of 180 kilograms.
Famous flugtag flying machines in the past have include Santa’s sleigh, a pirate ship, a flying toilet, and a cheeseburger with wings.