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Setting up the Phoenix

An early sketch

Another sketch of the Phoenix

Hanging out

The Phoenix starts to rise

Getting some color

Trying things out

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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One of the early sketches for the Microsoft Windows Project Phoenix
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One of the early sketches of the Phoenix shows it complete with Windows colors and logo.
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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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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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The Phoenix is adorned with the colors that make up the Windows logo as the craft starts to take shape.
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Pilot Ali Driesman checks out the completed Phoenix.
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