PERRY, OKLAHOMA — They are nearly ready for takeoff in Perry.
Garrett Ebersole and his team are confident their large, winged creation will do what it’s supposed to do.
“Hey. It should be fun,” he says.
“Hopefully it holds together.”
They based their design on a much smaller radio controlled airplane.
Aluminum frame and foam wings are surrounded by shrink wrap plastic.
Ebersole will pilot from a spot perched on top of the wings and behind the painted nose.
“Right up here,” demonstrates Garrett by climbing on his friend’s shoulders and gingerly taking his position.
“We’ll put handles right here for me to grab onto.”
A visitor remarks, “But flying is a kind of a relative term right?”
Ebersole agrees. “Gliding. Gliding with style.”
A quick search on YouTube gave the Red Neck Rocketeers all the hope they needed that their design might work.
For 20 years now the company that makes Red Bull energy drink has sponsored ‘Flugtag’ events all over the world.
Flugtag is German for ‘flight day’.
Prizes go to the longest flights from a thirty foot platform over water.
Most people just enter for a chance to do something crazy, but the Rocketeers of Perry actually want to win.
Garrett insists, “We think it will fly pretty good.”
Ebersole’s dad helped out with the building process.
The team drank plenty of Red Bull for courage and stamina on late nights in the garage.
“They just give you this stuff,” gushes Garrett as he pulls a few out of the refrigerator.
He and his fellow builders are all students at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, but their classes aren’t helping on this project.
“Not one of you is an aeronautics major?” asks the visitor.
“Not one of us,” says Garrett.
“Sorry.” says one of his building partners.
On September 21st the Rocketeers and their homemade flying machine will report to Lake Carolyn near Dallas, Texas for one of 5 Flugtag events taking places across the U.S. that day.
They are the only team from Oklahoma invited to compete.
Whether they fly or not doesn’t matter, insists the team from Perry, but it would sure be cool.
Ebersole predicts, “This thing is going to fly,”
He and his fellow Rocketeers provided us with ample information on their project and the Dallas Flugtag event. You can find it on the web at
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