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Microsoft's Windows glider takes flight (photos)

A group from Redmond is in Long Beach, Calif., preparing to take part in Saturday's Red Bull Flugtag human-powered flight competition.

Ina Fried
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Setting up the Phoenix

A group of workers from Microsoft's Windows unit is among 34 teams competing in Red Bull's annual Flugtag flying competition.

The team arrived in Long Beach, Calif., on Friday to set up the Phoenix ahead of Saturday's event.

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An early sketch

One of the early sketches for the Microsoft Windows Project Phoenix
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Another sketch of the Phoenix

One of the early sketches of the Phoenix shows it complete with Windows colors and logo.
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Hanging out

The team built and designed the Phoenix in roughly three months, utilizing an unoccupied seaplane hangar at one of the team member's houses on Lake Sammamish.
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The Phoenix starts to rise

Microsoft kicked in a little money for the glider, but the whole project used only about $1,000 in parts including lots of Gorilla Glue and duct tape, according to project member (and Windows blogger) Ben Rudolph.
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Getting some color

The Phoenix is adorned with the colors that make up the Windows logo as the craft starts to take shape.
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Trying things out

Pilot Ali Driesman checks out the completed Phoenix.

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