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Flugtag: A flying banjo full of brotherly love

New Media Producer: Rachel Beavin

It was banjos and brotherly love Saturday as Kentucky's Rocky Top Rocket set anew North American record, flying 155 feet at Nashville's Riverfront Park in front of the largest Red Bull Flugtag crowd ever in the U.S. - over 80,000!

Despite the sweltering temperatures and impending showers, droves came out to witness not only the 30-foot victorious flying banjo soar above the Cumberland River, but an Army tank, a sombrero and even a Rubik's Cube take to the skies.

Muhlenberg County native and Rock Top Rocket pilot, Brandon Vincent says, "The event was unbelievable." 

Brandon and brothers Brody, Blake and Ben -known as the "Greasy Brothers", along with teammate Brad Moore, say they were surprised at how far their craft flew, "We never would've thought we'd break the North American record."

Second place went to Baltimore's Red Bull Flugtag veterans, No. 1 Lucky Flier, and Nashville's own Lightning 100/Team Green "Yellow Submarine" secured third place with their "Go Green and Stay Clean" attitude.

The first Red Bull Flugtag took place in Vienna, Austria, in 1991. Since then, more than 35 Red Bull Flugtags have been held around the world - from Ireland to San Francisco - attracting nearly 300,000 spectators.

The record for the farthest flight to date currently stands at 195 feet set in 2000 at Red Bull Flugtag Austria.

The previous U.S. record was 81 feet, set in Baltimore, MD, in 2006.

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