Kilkenny Student Flying High at Red Bull Flugtag

Kilkenny student Jack Healy and his team hit the heights at the 100th Red Bull Flugtag last Sunday (May 29), soaring high on their hand-made plane.

Kilkenny student Jack Healy and his team hit the heights at the 100th Red Bull Flugtag last Sunday (May 29), soaring high on their hand-made plane.

Dun Laoghaire harbour played home to the event where, after a delayed start due to bad weather, Red Bull report that over 100,000 spectators turned out to cheer the countries most colourful and inventive flyers.

Red Bull Flugtag (“Flying day” in German) is an event where competitors build home-made, human-powered inventive and downright crazy flying machines which are subsequently launched from a 30 ft. pier into the sea. The teams are then judged on creativity, showmanship and distance flown.

The plane researched, designed and manufactured by Kilkenny Product and Design student at DIT Jack Healy and his team of Nial O’Loughlin (Dublin) and Henry Daly (Wexford), the plane was flown by another team member, Robert McKenna (Dublin). And all during a week which happened to coincide with their college exams.

Following a week of sleep deprivation, a lot of plane building, not much study, and few traffic jams walking their plane from Monkstown to Dun Laoghaire harbour; the boys, sponsored by Spirit Radio, despite terrible weather and tailwinds flew the furthest distance of 12 meters. They placed in 3rd position overall and won tandem parachute jumps or €1000.

Parachute jump it is!