A team from daily free newspaper Metro built their own flying machine to take part in the Red Bull Flugtag in London’s Hyde Park earlier this month.
For the second year running, 80,000 spectators gathered to watch brave wannabe engineers test out home-made flying machines.
The Metro team was made up of pilot Bel Jacobs, fashion and beauty editor, and three crew members – Lisa Roxby, senior marketing executive, Dave Thompson, promotions executive, and Junior Olokodana, features executive.
The team’s machine, ‘Jetro”, was made of aluminium and kite fabric as well as some BMX wheels, it was made to look like a paper aeroplane on a giant hand and took about a month to build.
The crew had to perform a dance before ‘Jetro’was launched, and chose the Sheena Easton classic Morning Train (Nine to Five), performing a routine which scored 4/5 from a well-known nasty, Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood.
The machine managed to come in at a respectable 15th out of 40 entries, beating teams from Capital Radio and E4.
Jacobs said: ”The public, and the camaraderie of the other teams, really created a fantastic atmosphere, and although it was a long, nerve-racking day, the adrenalin kicked in at the right moment and we just went for it.
‘The dance routine went down a treat but unfortunately our flying machine just went down.”