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Flights of fanciful fun - PICS

The V&A Waterfront was packed with revellers who came to watch teams channel their inner Wright Brothers at the Redbull Flugtag.

The fun event in Cape Town on Sunday was a chance for self-accredited pilots who had spent months building their fantastic flying machines to show off how far they could fly.

Team Red Flamingo at the Redbull Flugtag event. Photo: Matthew Jordaan/Cape ArgusZS-VIP goes down nose first. Photo: Matthew Jordaan/Cape ArgusTeam Up at the Redbull Flugtag event. Photo: Matthew Jordaan/Cape ArgusThe Pomula Capa Mayans take to the sky at the Redbull Flugtag event. Photo: Matthew Jordaan/Cape ArgusTeam Chilli Chilli Bang Bang at the Redbull Flugtag event. Photo: Matthew Jordaan/Cape ArgusTeam Auto Atlantic Mini at the Redbull Flugtag event. Photo: Matthew Jordaan/Cape ArgusTeam Vida eCaffe at the Redbull Flugtag event. Photo: Matthew Jordaan/Cape ArgusTeam Bullseye, winners of Red Bull Flugtag, go soaring off the six-metre-high ramp. Picture: Brenton Geach/Cape Times

Forty-two teams launched themselves off a short runway in front of thousands of spectators.

Each team had dreams of breaking the world record and predicted that their craft would soar over 100m.

As it turned out, some glided, others soared, and some quickly belly-flopped into the cold water.

A pink fixed wing craft with puckered lips attached to its front was slowly dragged down the runway. Creeping off the edge, it landed with a bang in the water, setting the record for the shortest launch of the day, managing only 3.5m.

A red bird-like creation, built by the Red Flamingoes, soared off the end of the runway for some distance before its beak dipped into the water and it crashed with a splash. The crowd loved every second of it, cheering and shouting encouragement.

Even a Mexican wave was seen crashing through the audience.

Radio personalities Elana Afrika and Sias du Plessis were the hosts, while the judges included radio personality Ryan O’Connor, Olympians Khotso Mokoena and Bridget Hartley and founder of 2oceansvibe Media Seth Rotherham.

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