By Mellany Armstrong 6:48am, September 19, 2013 - Updated 2:38pm, September 19, 2013A Wilmington man builds a mean machine...
"This has been taking me, like, six months to do all this, I'm so excited!'
...only to fly it into the drink this weekend.
WDEL's Mellany Armstrong reports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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