The hangar area was open for two hours before the competition, which officially started at 13:00. Toward the end of that preview period, the teams that had built flying (rather than falling) apparatus could be seen checking their flight surfaces and generally preparing to give it their best shot.
Despite this preparation, many of the aircraft (or launching devices) encountered malfunctions which restrained their distance. For instance, the Flugtag Barons (pictured) had a well-engineered biplane, but from what I could tell, their rolling launch platform failed to fully detach from the plane after it left the launch deck. The plane managed to drag the launch trolley along in a surprising feat of aeronautic stability, but it landed well short of where it might have.
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