Wilmington's 'Terrifying Pterodactyl' to launch in DC
By Mellany Armstrong

Updated Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 2:38pm

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A Wilmington man builds a mean machine...

"This has been taking me, like, six months to do all this, I'm so excited!'

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...only to fly it into the drink this weekend.

WDEL's Mellany Armstrong reports.

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Kevin Lilley and longtime friends Bill Vernon, Paul McCorkle and Andy Mitchell make up the Neanderthal Nincompoops and will compete against 29 teams Saturday in the first-ever National Red Bull Flugtag Day.

"Six or seven years ago, I saw it on TV for the first time, and I said to a friend of mine, 'I would love to do that!' Lilley said.

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It took Kevin six months and $1,800 to build their red, black and silver entry, the 'Terrifying Pterodactyl.'

"110 cans of foam for this thing, 17 cans of spray paint, aluminum is very expensive," he said.

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Kevin built the 140-pound bird, complete with nest and eggs, in his apartment.

"The wingspan we have is 14-foot-6 and then the body length, that's around 9-foot with the head," he said.

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Bill says Kevin will pilot the bird off a barge in the middle of National Harbor in Washington D.C.

"And he falls down to about a 30-foot drop, unless it flies, which it may for a little while. I expect him to crash," Bill said.

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Kevin is more optimistic.

"I'm hoping it's going to be like a glider and maybe I'll be able to pull it up a little bit, maybe not, we'll see, but it should turn out to be one heck of a ride," he said.

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