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Published September 19, 2013, 10:15 PM

NDSU students and alumni build flying bison

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We have all heard of Buffalo Wings, but most of us have never seen a buffalo with wings. That's about to change.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We have all heard of Buffalo Wings, but most of us have never seen a buffalo with wings. That's about to change.

A group of NDSU students and alumni built a flying Bison for Flugtag in Chicago this weekend.

Dana and Kerstin, there is one of group of Bison Fans that won't be at College Game Day this weekend.

They'll be representing the school in a different way at Red Bull Flugtag in Chicago.

A group from NDSU is about to see if a Bison can fly.

These students and alumni constructed this winged Bison… and this weekend they're taking it to Flugtag.

Andrew Galegher- NDSU Alumnus: "There are certainly no directions online for how to build a flying Bison. There was a lot of trial and error, a lot of redneck engineering."

Each year, hundreds of teams show up to try out their man-powered flying machines at Red Bull Flugtag.

This Saturday, competitions are taking place in 5 cities across the country.

One of those is Chicago where "Flugdar" will take his flight… hopefully.

Jeremy Ahlars- NDSU Student: "I'm anticipating that we do fairly decent. That we actually fly instead of drop straight down."

The team started building the Bison back in June. They estimate they put at least 200 hours into designing, building, and testing their creation.

They have varying levels of expertise on building a flying machine.

Ahlars: "Pretty close to holding my pilot's license, so I know a little bit about wing design."

Nyland Huck- NDSU Alumnus: "In sixth grade I did compete in National History Day, and I was one of the Wright Brothers. So, I think I'm pretty much a subject matter expert on all things flight."

Though they know most Bison fans will be watching ESPN College Game Day Saturday, they hope people log onto YouTube to see Flugdar's take off.

Huck: "Bison are all across the nation doing good things besides winning championships and stomping kitty cats in Kansas."

The name of the team, the Lucky Lindegaard is in honor of Darren Linde and Tyler Orgaard - two Williston-based soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan last December.

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