Jetman Flies Over Alps
November 28, 2011 by staff
Adventurer Yves Rossy flew in a custom-built jet suit over the mountain range in formation with the aircraft. Rossy, 51, launched himself from the side of a helicopter before taking his place alongside the two jets high above the Alps.
The daredevil — who used to fly fighter jets with the Swiss air force — wears a jet suit which has a wing span of about six and a half feet. The pack weighs around 120 pounds and is fitted with four engines that enable him to travel at speeds in excess of 125 mph.
Once the flight was completed, the adventurer safely parachuted back down to the ground.
Rossy is still the first man in the history of aviation to fly with a jet-propelled wing, a feat he first achieved in 2006. In May 2008, he flew in his suit over the Swiss Alps for the first time and then crossed the English Channel later that year.
Since then, he has worked on the design of his jet-pack which has led to his first formation flights and acrobatics.
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