Pilots from across the world will be gathering in Salzburg next week for this year’s Red Bull Paper Wings Final, which has exploded in size and scope since its first edition in 2006.
The numbers are staggering, the tension is rising. The Red Bull Paper Wings World Final is just around the corner with athletes arriving in the picturesque Austrian city, ready for a truly international competition.
The Final participants – 197 from almost 80 countries – had to go through a rigorous qualifying campaign that included a total of 535 national competitions.
A total of 46,118 aspiring Red Bull Paper Wings champions took part for a coveted ticket to the big Final in May.
The pilots are now ready to launch their creations across the indoor flying path at the iconic Hangar-7 with this exciting competition knowing no limits.
Kazakhstan’s Rustem Khamdi is the youngest competitor at 18 years of age with Singapore’s Ronnie Poh Heng Soh, the oldest at 54.
Men outnumber women in Salzburg with 191 to just six. But with a total of 50,000 pages of A4 paper available, ruling out female champions comes at one’s own risk.
Past editions in 2006, 2009 and 2012 showed there are few guarantees in an event where creativity, imagination and technical skills are the key to success.