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That'll never fly -- wacky pilots wing it in high winds

THOSE magnificent men in their flying machines.

High winds helped a wacky flying competition take off yesterday, with thousands of people braving the weather to watch the Red Bull 'Flugtag' at Dun Laoghaire Harbour in Dublin.

Flugtag -- flying day in German -- challenged teams to build homemade, human-powered flying machines and then pilot them off a 30-foot high deck. And while the weather didn't help it ensured more entertainment for the spectators.

Many flying machines struggled to launch in the gusty winds and one was even blown completely off a platform before having a chance to fly.

Some resembled airplanes but others didn't even have wings. There was a giant cake, a zombie, birds, cows and even one named Star Ship Titanic.

Most fell off the pier rather than flew but the winner, 'Cool Flyings' piloted by Michael O'Reagan, from Cork, travelled 10 metres.

It wasn't the furthest distance travelled on the day but judges Bernard Brogan, Sile and Grainne Seoige and the Mayor of Dun Laoghaire, Lettie McCarthy, also judged the teams on their creativity and showmanship.

Irish Independent