Flying machines compete at Red Bull Flugtag in Taiwan

STORY: At the event which was held in Taiwan for the very first time, more than 50,000 spectators watched in amusement as participants from 42 teams presented their colourful vessels to the crowd before mostly belly-flopping flat into the water off the flight deck.

The winning team flew a distance of 32.75 metres (107.4 ft) through the air in a creative device shaped like a green alien spaceship, delighting the crowds. The winning distance was more than double that of the second placed team, which flew for 12.42 metres (40.7 ft).

The international Flugtag - German for ‘flight day’ - started in Austria in 1992 as a way to entice ingenuity and bravery.