Microsoft's Windows Glider crashes after 15 seconds of uptime

Microsoft's Windows team entered the Red Bull FlugTag competition at the weekend but failed to impress with a comic entry.

"Windows Project Phoenix" was a group of Microsoft workers entry into the homemade human-powered flying machine competition. Microsoft's entry included the green, red, yellow and blue colours of the famous Windows Flag and a few Windows sounds mixed into an anthem prior to the "launch".

Unfortunately for the guys from Redmond, the flight failed to make much ground and after 15 seconds of movement, crashed off the end of pier on Long Beach, California. The result is hilarious, see below. According to CNET, Ben Rudolph, who pushed the glider said that the wings appeared sound, but perhaps the balance was off, "We need to review the footage", he said to CNET.

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Windows XP sounds .. really? and we are trying to make people move from XP to 7 lol anyways .. it was hilarious watching it

Brilliant! I should point out, for those that think this was serious, that 99% of the Entrants into the flugtag do it for fun and don't actually have a hope of flying. The fact that the music cut out at the most perfect time should tell you that this wasn't a serious entry. Made me laugh, though!

haha that was awesome, and they really pulled out the dance moves lol, they should post the remix song.....all i can say is Epic Tune! lol

Jayke Huempfner said,
Maybe Windows Glider SP1 will do better!
Nope, the team from MN set the new record and hopefully it will stand for quite awhile.

http://www.redbullflugtagusa.com/TwinCities2010
"More than 90,000 people witnessed team Major Trouble and the Dirty Dixies soar into victory and the record books when they flew 207 feet at Red Bull Flugtag Twin Cities today. This historic flight smashed the previous Red Bull Flugtag world record of 195 feet, which had held strong for more than 10 years."

MarkusDarkus said,

Whats wrong with it??

It only displays one image then the preview gets smaller than my finger and I can't see an image until I refresh the page.

Panda X said,
God damnit neowin fix the image viewer already.

I get the exact same problem, and on every one of my computers. I can show one image, then each subsequent one I try to view seems to shrink to a 1cm x 1cm square with just the close cross showing. This seems to be an issue on Chrome as I can't duplicate the issue on IE... go figure.

TRC said,
The dancing was more embarrassing than the crash.

Agreed! lol ... it was just plain stupid.

because for how embarrassing the crash would have been with that many watching i would have been more worried about the pointless dancing that was going on. lol

Singh400 said,
There has to be a BSOD joke there somewhere...

Blue Sea of Death?
Or how about..
error: Unable to set environment variable.

Edited by Louisifer, Aug 23 2010, 9:34pm : Correction

The Apple iGlider did not participate because Steve Jobs does not control gravity or wind, and he will not allow participation without complete control over his devices. They will compete next year though, when iGravity and iWind (Patent Pending) are expected to be introduced.

The Android glider did not participate because 20 different gliders with the Android logo appeared, they all fought over who is the rightful version, and all had incompatibilities with the other one which made the pilot unable to use any of them.

The Linux Lider (Stinky Babboon version) did not participate because the OSS team could not find anyone willing to give them glider parts, and refused to recognize the existance of anything that needed to be paid for.

nohone said,
The Apple iGlider did not participate because Steve Jobs does not control gravity or wind, and he will not allow participation without complete control over his devices. They will compete next year though, when iGravity and iWind (Patent Pending) are expected to be introduced.

The Android glider did not participate because 20 different gliders with the Android logo appeared, they all fought over who is the rightful version, and all had incompatibilities with the other one which made the pilot unable to use any of them.

The Linux Lider (Stinky Babboon version) did not participate because the OSS team could not find anyone willing to give them glider parts, and refused to recognize the existance of anything that needed to be paid for.

Thats pretty clever and oddly accurate.

nohone said,
The Apple iGlider did not participate because Steve Jobs does not control gravity or wind, and he will not allow participation without complete control over his devices. They will compete next year though, when iGravity and iWind (Patent Pending) are expected to be introduced.

The Android glider did not participate because 20 different gliders with the Android logo appeared, they all fought over who is the rightful version, and all had incompatibilities with the other one which made the pilot unable to use any of them.

The Linux Lider (Stinky Babboon version) did not participate because the OSS team could not find anyone willing to give them glider parts, and refused to recognize the existance of anything that needed to be paid for.


That made me chuckle. Cheers ^^

nohone said,
The Apple iGlider did not participate because Steve Jobs does not control gravity or wind, and he will not allow participation without complete control over his devices. They will compete next year though, when iGravity and iWind (Patent Pending) are expected to be introduced.

The Android glider did not participate because 20 different gliders with the Android logo appeared, they all fought over who is the rightful version, and all had incompatibilities with the other one which made the pilot unable to use any of them.

The Linux Lider (Stinky Babboon version) did not participate because the OSS team could not find anyone willing to give them glider parts, and refused to recognize the existance of anything that needed to be paid for.

Made me LOL as well.

nohone said,
The Apple iGlider did not participate because Steve Jobs does not control gravity or wind, and he will not allow participation without complete control over his devices. They will compete next year though, when iGravity and iWind (Patent Pending) are expected to be introduced.

The Android glider did not participate because 20 different gliders with the Android logo appeared, they all fought over who is the rightful version, and all had incompatibilities with the other one which made the pilot unable to use any of them.

The Linux Lider (Stinky Babboon version) did not participate because the OSS team could not find anyone willing to give them glider parts, and refused to recognize the existance of anything that needed to be paid for.

wow, this post is full of win! +1

nohone said,
The Apple iGlider did not participate because Steve Jobs does not control gravity or wind, and he will not allow participation without complete control over his devices. They will compete next year though, when iGravity and iWind (Patent Pending) are expected to be introduced.

The Android glider did not participate because 20 different gliders with the Android logo appeared, they all fought over who is the rightful version, and all had incompatibilities with the other one which made the pilot unable to use any of them.

The Linux Lider (Stinky Babboon version) did not participate because the OSS team could not find anyone willing to give them glider parts, and refused to recognize the existance of anything that needed to be paid for.

+1. Nice

Does any of these red bull gliders ever go that far or long? as I remember most of them crash on takeoff basically.......

neufuse said,
Does any of these red bull gliders ever go that far or long? as I remember most of them crash on takeoff basically.......

I went to this in St. Paul, MN about a month ago and witnessed a record setting flight! I don't know if it has been broken since, though.

Isn't 15 seconds actually quite good for this? I'm sure I usually just see these contraptions just plummet off the end of the pier into the water.

TCLN Ryster said,
Isn't 15 seconds actually quite good for this? I'm sure I usually just see these contraptions just plummet off the end of the pier into the water.

Just watched the video, lol.... Someone's definition of "uptime" is a little different from mine

Still on land != Uptime

Elliott said,
They're clearly holding it wrong.

...wait, wrong joke.

oh you just wait... the iFly will be out there next year

neufuse said,

oh you just wait... the iFly will be out there next year

Yeah, but it won't fly unless you buy wings and wheels direct from the Apple Store, which will be on back order and cost as much as the glider.

theh0g said,

Same goes for your sulking fanboy reply.

Awww. Butthurt? How is what I said related to me being a Microsoft fanboy? Ignorant comment is ignorant. Sounds to me like you're just a tad insecure.