Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dreams Are Made of Flights of Fancy

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dreams Are Made of Flights of Fancy

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Three men paused in the darkening driveway to look at their creation in progress: a sawed-off wooden double lounge chair with bike wheels attached to one side. "I don't know if my wife knows it's gone yet," Don McKee admits about his old lawn furniture.

After years of pent up frustration from coaching, but not being able to participate in their kids' science projects, four Pittsburgh dads finally found the perfect opportunity to build something of their own: the Red Bull Flugtag. The Flugtag, which means "flying day" in German, is a competition to build a device that will fly the farthest off a 22-foot platform into the body of water below -in this case the Ohio River.

"We're all builders and tinkerers and have been riding a desk for a long time and wanted to get our fingernails dirty," Rob Riker from Sewickley said. …

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