120’ x 16+ episodes
“Japan International Birdman Rally successfully combines elements of documentary and educational programming with competition and pure entertainment. ”
The object of the rally—to fly as far or as fast as possible in a homemade flying machine—is something that anyone can relate to and it is fascinating to see how people take up the challenge. The Rally has been held every year since 1977. The contest is open to anyone—individual eccentrics and enthusiasts, as well as university and company teams—and the format is flexible enough to accommodate everyone. Everyone launches their craft from the same 10-meter-high pier in Lake Biwa in central Japan to see how far or how fast they can fly.