Participants of the Red Bull Flugtag competition took their chances over the weekend to entertain themselves and the spectators gathered at a Moscow canal with colorful costumes and quirky attempts to make their machines fly.
A total of 38 teams from across Russia pushed their home-made human-powered vehicles from a pier into water making viewers gasp, sigh, laugh and smile.
According to Flugtag rules, the machine should not be longer than 33 feet and weigh under approximately 330 pounds.
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Flugtag means "flight day" in German, but all of these craft ultimately splash into the waters below.
Teams built their flying machines with three criteria in mind: how far it will fly, the creativity, and artistry behind the design.
The contest started in Vienna in 1991 and now plays out annually in more than 100 locations.
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