Weasels might fly – and boats as well!

The Where Weasels Dare team, from the left: Jonny Corbett, Chris Lambert and Lewis Peel
The Where Weasels Dare team, from the left: Jonny Corbett, Chris Lambert and Lewis Peel
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A GIANT weasel and a Viking longship will soar through the sky on Sunday as two Halifax teams take part in the Red Bull Flugtag.

The daredevils will launch the home-made crafts off a 30ft flight deck over Waterloo Lake, Roundhay Park, Leeds, watched by a crowd of 30,000.

Where Weasels Dare, by Chris Lambert, 28, Johnny Corbett, 28, Matt Radcliffe, 28, and Lewis Peel, 27, and the Flying Hammer, by Neil Watson, 33, John Preston, 28, Angela Green, 24, and Hannah Watts, 25, were picked from thousands of designs.

Chris, Where Weasels Dare captain and pilot, said they submitted theirs for a laugh.

“We didn’t think there was any chance of getting picked. Then we had a mere three weeks to turn our basic, optimistic scribbles of a weasel with wings into a fully-functioning flying machine,” he said.

Teams are judged on flight distance, creativity and showmanship.

Neil, of the Flying Hammer, said: “We’ll be doing a mock Viking battle on the platform on the day and hoping to win the judges over.

“Most of the planning has been done in the pub. It’s been fun and stressful in equal measure and we’ve had a lot of problems to solve, but we hope it’ll fly!”

The Red Bull Flugtag, meaning “flying day” in German, was first held in Vienna in 1991. Almost 100 events have followed worldwide.

The Where Weasels Dare team is taking part in aid of Cancer Research UK. To sponsor them, go to www.JustGiving.com/WhereWeaselsDare