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Floating free above the alps with a wing on his arm


Floating free above the alps with a wing on his arm


If you are about to soar on a jet powered wing above the Swiss Alps then the pre-flight check has to be rigorous. Once that is over Yves Rossy aka ‘Jetman’ hitches a lift aboard a helicopter and prepares for take-off strapped to the rigid wing which has four model jet turbine engines.

His latest exploit comes on the back of flights over the Grand Canyon and across the English channel.

Wearing his single wing, Rossy flies, steering with the movements of his body. He is the first and only man in the history of aviation to fly with a jet-propelled wing, extending perhaps new horizons for human flight.

There is no need for air traffic control when landing all Yves Rossy does is unhitch a parachute and prepare to float to earth.

Not content with this his latest exploit, ‘Jetman’ is developing a new kind of parachute that will enable him to fly as low as 200 meters.

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