Taiwanese steal and flop for fun in Red Bull glider contest


TAICHUNG, Taiwan — They came with homemade gliders and launched into the harbor from a 6-meter (20-foot) high ramp. Some simply crashed into the water.

It was mostly for fun, as thousands of spectators laughed and cheered on 45 teams competing to see who could go the farthest before falling into the waters of Taichung, a port city in central Taiwan.

It was the first time the Red Bull ‘Flugtag’, an event hosted by the energy drink maker at venues around the world, has traveled to Taiwan, a self-governing island of 23 million that China claims as its territory and which, in its opinion, must recover its control.

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake in southern Taiwan was felt during the competition, but not strong enough to scare anyone from the venue.

The gliders and their pilots picked up speed from a 6 meter high runway and flew as best they could to land as deep in the water as possible. Some simply crashed into the water.

“I’m the pilot because I’m the lightest,” laughed Tina Hsu, a 30-year-old dance teacher who won the competition. “But everyone dreams of flying, that’s why we achieved it together. We stayed up several nights, we did a lot of calculations and did it with both hands.



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