On Sept. 21, the National Red Bull Flugtag will take place simultaneously in five cities around the U.S.: Miami; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Dallas; and Long Beach, Calif. Tia Muscarella and Adrienne Walkow from the Cheerleaders Nation All American Girl team are preparing to take flight at the Washington, D.C., event.
Construction of their Wright Brother-inspired plane started last month. It will proudly don the black and gold colors of their beloved city, Pittsburgh.
“It’s in our basement right now, Muscarella said. “Since we come from a city of champions, we painted it black and gold.”
The team works at a gentlemen's club, where breasts are often top of mind, so it was a no-brainer to use this event as a platform for breast cancer awareness. The team will endow their aircraft with a giant pair of bikini-clad boobs.
The team’s goal is to raise $10,000 for the Eileen Stein Jacoby Fund by Sept. 21.
You need to have a strong core to be a Flugtag pilot. Since the rules say you cannot be inside the plane, pilots are expected to straddle the aircraft as it goes down. Muscarella is the pilot for Cheerleaders Nation.
“It’s all about balance,” she said. “And I only get one shot!”
So exactly what is the Red Bull Flugtag? Well, the word “flugtag” means “flying day” in German. The competition has been around for 12 years and has taken place more than 100 times. Brave and brainy come together as one to design, build and pilot homemade flying machines off a 30-foot “flight deck” in front of tens of thousands of spectators.
First, you need a team of five: the pilot, who straddles the plane as it plummets, and four people to help with takeoff. The celebrity judges rate for how far your flying machine goes before it crashes, creativity of the plane and showmanship.
Only self-constructed, human-powered gliders with a max wingspan of 28 feet and a max weight of 400 pounds (including pilot) are cleared for launch.
Every team has just one minute to impress the crowd and the judges and take flight.
Muscarella says that team Cheerleaders Nation is choreographing a crazy dance to wow the judges. This means three male crew members dressing up like cheerleaders to the song “Fly Away” by Lenny Kravitz.
Want to donate? Contact the girls directly through the Fans of All American Girl Flugtag Facebook page.