The Cumberland River in downtown Nashville, Tennesse was the site of the 2017 Red Bull Flugtag. 

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I joined Nissan engineers Ben Myburgh, Rich Simmons, Darren Hawkins and Cullum Stirling on this crazy adventure as team Nissan Take on flight.

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Part of the fun of the Flugtag are the costumes. We chose a good old fashioned 1980s theme. Frankly, I can't believe these guys agreed to wear these clothes. 

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I mean, I really can't believe Myburgh agreed to wear these clothes!

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Before the event started we showed off our flying rig and demonstrated to folks what it would be like to fly in a hand-built flying simulator. 

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Getting the crowd fired up from the platform. 

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The team spent six weeks building the non-motorized flying machine.

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Stirling the pilot started off looking good.

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But then he quickly plunged into the Cumberland River. 

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In the end it was Team Ground Control with a Ziggy Stardust theme that took the Flugtag crown.

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Team Ground Control looked good right off the platform, and glided 81 feet over the river. 

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Team Back to the Street Boyz in their Delorean-inspired rig didn't make it too far. 

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Holy Flugtag Batman built a rig based on the Nashville skyline. It didn't even have wings. 

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The rig that Team Daddy Gator Burt built didn't even get off the platform.

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