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They're Off! Fliers Try to Glide Above Hong Kong in Homemade Aircraft

Image: A participant operates the "Flying Dim Sum," a self-made flying machine
A participant operates the "Flying Dim Sum," a self-made flying machine, during the Red Bull Flugtag (Flight Day) event at Hong Kong's financial Central district, May 11, 2014. Participants from 43 teams competed to fly the longest distance in their self-made aircraft in an attempt to win the Flugtag contest. TYRONE SIU / Reuters

Competitors from 43 different teams launched themselves off a ramp during the Red Bull Flugtag (Flight Day) event at Hong Kong's financial hub, the Central district, on Sunday. The participants, piloting creative homemade flying machines, attempted to glide the farthest before plunging into Victoria Harbor.

Image: A contestant takes part in the Red Bull Flugtag Hong Kong 2014
A contestant takes part in the Red Bull Flugtag Hong Kong 2014 at the New Central Harborfront in Hong Kong, China, May 11, 2014. JEROME FAVRE / EPA