Utah team Mad Mallard Militia prepares to take flight at Flugtag mixer

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Teammates Austin Curtin, John Ternieden and Spencer Bowen spoke to KSL about the upcoming Flugtag competition. (Photo courtesy of KSL.)
Teammates Austin Curtin, John Ternieden and Spencer Bowen spoke to KSL about the upcoming Flugtag competition. (Photo courtesy of KSL)

Red Bull Utah is sponsoring a mixer for their Flugtag competitors, the Mad Mallard Militia, at The Village at South Campus Apartments on Sept. 13 from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.

There will be dancing, music by DJ Justin Reid, along with a sneak peak at a real life Flugtag aircraft, the Red Bull Mad Mallard Militia Team. Red Bull will also supply guests with wings all night long.

Utah’s very own Flugtag team, the Mad Mallard Militia, will be traveling to Long Beach, Calif., to compete in the National Red Bull Flugtag on Sept. 21. This competition is held at five locations in the United States and hosts 30 teams out of the 800 applicants that applied.

“I think that this competition is a really exciting and cool idea,” Montana Beifuss, a nursing student at BYU said. “It allows people to have fun and be creative.”

John Ternieden, BYU public relations major and team member of Mad Mallard Militia, is excited and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the contest with his friends.

“Red Bull Utah has been very supportive and accommodating throughout this whole process,” Ternieden said. “I have been really impressed.”

The Flugtag competition is judged based on the team’s showmanship and costumes, creativity of their glider design and the overall distance of their glider once launched off a 30 ft. pier into the water.

“Our concept is simple,” Ternieden said. “In ages past great warriors rode dragons. Forget dragons. We will ride our way to victory on a giant flying duck.”

The team is very confident in their design named Big Beak. The competitor’s designs and ideas for the craft were brought to reality with the help of the BYU engineering graduate, Josh Mayer. Their craft is 24 ft. wide, 18 ft. long and 10 ft. high.

Big Beak, the teams craft was designed by BYU grad Josh Mayer. (Photo courtesy of Marc Hemphill.)
Big Beak, the teams craft was designed by BYU grad Josh Mayer. (Photo courtesy of Marc Hemphill.)

“Big Beak is the James Dean meets Vin Diesel of ducks, all right,” Ternieden said. “It has a stare that would kill a basilisk, yet has moves so smooth it would win over your girlfriend’s angry father.”

Support the Mad Mallard Militia with a proper Provo send off Sept. 13. There will be a cover charge of $2 at the mixer event.

For more updates on Mad Mallard Militia’s progress, watch their competition live on Red Bull’s Flugtag page on Sept. 21 or follow them on Twitter or Facebook.

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