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September 05, 2012|By Ryan Smith, @RyanSmithWriter | For RedEye

A few Flugtag teams at a glance

Who: Hell on Heels
What: A 10-foot long, 9-foot high red heel made of poly fiber foam board with a shopping cart base for the pilot. The wings are made of lightweight aluminum and a fabric usually used to replace ripped sails on sailboats. The final ingredient? "Probably about 100 pounds of glitter," team captain Brenden Chrisman said.
Technical difficulties: So it's not totally obscured, pilot Frida Lay will be wearing a wig on top of the required helmet instead of underneath it.

Who: Carp E Diem, Seize The Carp
What is it?: A giant Asian carp, measuring 18 feet long with a 25-foot wingspan. The planned skit will involve fisherman doing battle with the carp before the fish launches victoriously into Lake Michigan.
Why a carp?: "We thought it'd be cool to take the controversy with the Asian carp and turn it into something funny," said team captain Brityn Vollmer. "We really think the fish has a fighting chance, and we really just want to propel it off that 30-foot-pier."

Who: Chicago Duck Hunt
What: A zapper/duck combo meant to emulate the 1985 Nintendo game "Duck Hunt." The 15-foot-long,  lo-fi duck will be perched on top of the gun, which will act as a launch vehicle.
Just like the game: For their skit, one team member will be the hunter from the video game pretending to shoot the duck craft while another will play the giggling dog who laughs at his owner's poor aim.

Who: Droppin The Bass
What: Members of Purdue University's All American Marching Band have designed a new version of the World's Largest Drum to fly into Lake Michigan.
Dedicated to Armstrong? "Purdue students have a long history of pushing the frontiers of flight," team captain Chris Yamamoto, a senior in aeronautical engineering from Cortland, New York told Purdue University News. "None is more well known than Purdue band alumnus Neil Armstrong. Of course, he flew farther than we will."

Ryan Smith is a RedEye special contributor.

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