Sunday 10 March, 11.30am

Aided by a nifty flying machine or simply super-hero bravado, courageous competitors don inventive homemade flying devices as they hurtle themselves over the Yarra all in the name of charity and – of course – a whole lot of fun! A fundraising battle unlike any other, competitors are busily raising money in the lead up to their leap. Held on Sunday 10 March from 11.30am – 1pm  the hilariously spectacular Birdman Rally is a long-held Moomba tradition that is guaranteed to have you in stitches.

Interested in taking part in next year’s Birdman Rally? Let us know at moomba@melbourne.vic.gov.au.

Fly competitors

Double Trouble

The team behind the Double Trouble craft have looked back to the good old days of aircraft and drawn inspiration from a 1970's biplane design. It’s taken them almost a month to design and over 30 hours to build and with Pilot Jesse at the forefront of their flight along with a tonne of school spirit, this team from Parkes Christian School are pretty confident their craft will be flying higher than most. Charity: Parkes Christian School

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Fidelis et Fortis

They may be young but the students from St Columba’s College might just have enough school spirit to see their craft fly to the other side of the river bank. The team will have a massive cheer squad standing proud in their college uniform giving their pilot that extra boost. It’s the first time they’ve competed in Birdman but this won’t be the last you’ll see of them as they’re aiming to return for a bigger and better jump in 2020. Charity: The Sisters of Charity Foundation Limited

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GOSSamer Wing

Pilot Andrew is back and with nine years of Birdman experience under his belt along with 140 hours of designing and building this year’s craft. He’s got his eyes on victory and has recruited a reliable crew of builders to construct his craft named GOSSamer Wing. He reckons the strong winds he recalls from past flights will see him fly off the platform rather than flop into the Yarra. Charity: Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

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Pickles Airliner

This talented bunch of young engineers and aviation hot shots from Parkes High School are ready to show their stuff at the Birdman Rally. Guided by the wisdom of teachers, mentors and a retired test-pilot, they’ve worked tirelessly to construct the ultimate and mighty green machine – the Pickles Airliner. With technical know-how and plenty of school spirit beneath their wings, will they make it to the other side? Charity: Currajong Disability Services

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PIP - The Pacific Island Pelican

Team Dads of Northcote and Thornbury (aka The D.O.N.T Fly Team) reckon their trusty craft PIP - The Pacific Island Pelican has everything they need to push them over the edge and towards flying status at the Birdman Rally. Complete with a plethora of handyman and craft skills and a knack for woodworking, tools, computers and sewing, these dads along with Pilot Victoria are no doubt a team to keep an eye on. Charity: Berry Street

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The Flying Wyvern

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a flying wyvern! The Kingswood College wyvern that is. This team of staff and students have worked closely with their brave pilot Liam to build a mighty craft and are ready to unleash the power of their school’s mascot at this year’s Birdman Rally. It’s their first time they’ve competed and they’re pumped and ready for a momentous flight. The real question is though - will they flop or fly? Charity: Relay for Life (Hawthorn) – Cancer Council Victoria

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The Kavinci Flyer

Pilot Michael has become a bit of a regular at the Birdman Rally. This is his 15th year and he’s pulling out all the stops to make sure 2019 is a winner. He’s determined to fly the longest in the competition and has studied the complexities of Birdman to come up with what he thinks will be a successful flight. Thanks to his tool-making skills, and a detailed analysis of wind variations, he reckons he could fly up to 30 metres. Charity: MS Australia

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The Victory Striker

Our noble Moomba Monarch Archie Thompson has put his royal duties aside to bravely jump in the Birdman Rally. This record-breaking sports legend has proudly represented Melbourne Victoria and even wore green and gold as a member of the Socceroos. Now, he’s taking on the ultimate athletic challenge as he attempts to fly to the other side of the Yarra. Support him and his chosen charity Sacred Heart Mission! Charity: Sacred Heart Mission

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Unbound Flyer

This might be the first time we’ve had a Guinness World Record holder in the Birdman line-up. Pilot Julian’s sense of adventure has seen him set a record for the fastest overland journey across Europe on public transport and build a solar powered tuk tuk which he drove across Australia. It’s clear this rookie competitor is no stranger to weird and wonderful machines and aerodynamics so we can’t wait to see if he’ll fly or flop. Charity: Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

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Flop competitors

Elvis

We’re pretty chuffed to have a real life hero at Birdman this year. Pilot James is a dedicated CFA volunteer and has turned to the trusty firetruck when looking for inspiration for his craft design. He’s a self-appointed senior cardboard and poly-adhesive technician so we think he’s got the goods to take his flight to unimaginable heights. Here's hoping his building skills will take him above and beyond. Charity: Lifeline

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Girl Guides Flying High

Prepare for the power of Girl Guides Victoria as they band together from all corners of the state to put their minds together to conquer the Birdman Rally. After hours of intense brainstorming, the team has created their craft and nominated Pilot Emily to take the wheel and bring their flying machine towards victory. Look out for a sea of blue as a massive Girl Guide support crew cheer her on. Charity: Monash Children's Hospital

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Kappa Splash

Pilot Dylan (aka Dingo Money) will be facing his fear of fish and water as he plunges into the depths of the Yarra River all in the name of a cause that's close to his heart. As a graphic designer by day, this brave pilot should have the skills to think of a nifty flying machine. Dylan reckons he'll definitely flop when he takes off for his inaugural flight, but will aim to at least be the slightest bit graceful. Charity: Beyond Blue

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Pegasus

Pilot Scott is back on the Birdman train making this his 14th year in this gravity-defying competition. With all his experience as a professional cardboard sculptor, Scott believes he’s nailed his building techniques for the Rally. This year, he's called on the gods to grant him a tonne of power and looked to the Greek legend Pegasus for inspiration behind his craft. Charity: Make-A-Wish Australia.

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RFDS Victory!

Pilot Geri has sky-dived, scuba-dived, hiked for 100km and ran a marathon but she's never jumped into the Yarra. Now’s her chance to prove she’s the ultimate dare-devil as she dons his flying machine and makes the brave leap into the depths of our city’s mighty river. She's recruited the talents of Melbourne-based artist and sculptor Daniel Truscott to design and build her craft and will have a Flying Doctors themed cheer-squad to boost her efforts. Charity: Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria

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SkyHydrant One

When 2018’s Moomba King, Jimmy Giggle became the first ever monarch to jump in the Birdman Rally, his dad, Mark was there cheering him on. One year on and Mark is making this a family tradition by jumping in the Birdman Rally himself. The competition between this father and son is heating up though, Mark is aiming to beat Jimmy’s fundraising efforts so (and we quote) “family bragging rights can be restored”. Charity: Rotary Club of Frankston Sunrise “Safe water for all Children"

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Super Dog!

Pilot Guy really is living up to his role as School Captain as he heroically gets behind the wheel of the Super Dog! craft in an attempt to fly over the Yarra. Along with his comrades at Frankston High School and the team at Dogs for Kids with Disabilities, this dedicated crew have been working tirelessly in class and their lunch breaks to design and construct their mighty flying machine. Charity: Dogs for Kids with Disabilities

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The Birdman Bucket

We’re intrigued to see what this team and Pilot Mel will come up with to give them an extra push in this year’s rally. Their craft will be built entirely of buckets and while they’ve thrown out the measuring tape, they’ve put their faith in their eagle eyes when it came to the build. They reckon they’ll fly a cool 3 meters and even if they’re not super confident at least they’ll have ticked something off their bucket list. Charity: Starlight Children's Foundation

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Up and Away

The folks from Team Diadem are back but are they better than ever? Pilot Todd is completely unfazed by the challenge as he gets set to leap off the platform and into the Yarra. Could this bravery be down to the fact that he’s an ex-pole vaulter? His team have put their design and manufacturing experience to good use and will create a craft to take them to new, potentially floppy, heights. Charity: Property Industry Foundation

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The Fighter

Team Whooppee made quite the splash for their debut Birdman jump last year, so we’re pretty stoked to see that they’re giving it another crack to raise even more funds for Beyond Blue. This year, Pilot Cathy and her trusty team of builders are using their theatre prop-building expertise to construct The Fighter – a sturdy contraption that they’re hoping will be more fly and less flop. Will she succeed or will she be full of hot air? Charity: Beyond Blue

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