Leeds search agency Stickyeyes took to the air at last weekend's Red Bull Flugtag.25,000 people descended on Roundhay on Sunday 17th July to see Stickyeyes and 34 other amateur aviators throw themselves off a 30ft platform over Waterloo Lake in a bid to see who could travel the farthest. All the teams designed and built their own elaborate ‘flying’ machines - ranging from a giant Yorkshire pudding and Orville the Duck to Doc Browns De Lorean and a giant ice cream cone! Stickyeyes attempted to fly their Imprisoned Dragon and accompanying castle alongside a rather energetic performance from a group of merry mediaeval men and women.
The teams were judged on three criteria: flight distance, creativity of the craft and showmanship by an illustrious panel including T4 presenter George Lamb, comedian Sharon Osborne (AKA Caroline Bernstein), ex-Saints rugby player Sean Long and the one and only Eddie the Eagle! Stickyeyes' Imprisoned Dragon managed to fly a distance of 6 metres and was awarded 20 points for creativity and 13 for performance with a total score of 39 – coming in joint 28th overall! Jamie McHale, team leader of the Stickyeyes flying machine said: “We were amazed to get through to the final 35 from such a competitive entry process and despite the wet and windy weather we had a fantastic weekend strutting our medieval stuff. Me and the team had been slogging away most evenings and weekends for the last month - although clearly not as much as one of the top placed teams who worked 16 hour days! We’ve never attempted anything on this scale before and have taken away loads of ideas and tips so, you never know, we might be back, bigger and better next time!!"