Jetman swoops over the Grand Canyon

Jetman swoops over the Grand Canyon
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Swiss pilot and inventor Yves Rossy has powered his way across part of the Grand Canyon.

Wearing one of his famous jet packs, which have also given him the nickname of Jetman, he flew over the rim of the canyon at speeds of up to 300 kilometres an hour, before using a parachute to land safely on the canyon floor.

“My first flight in the US is sure to be one of the most memorable experiences in my life, not only for the sheer beauty of the Grand Canyon, but the honour to fly in sacred Native American lands,” Rossy said in the statement.

He flew across a portion of the western end of the canyon owned by the Hualapai Indian Reservation for eight minutes flight after being “launched” from a helicopter at a height of almost 2,500 metres.

However some have questioned the authenticity of the flight as a large group of reporters, photographers and television camera crews invited to the remote site in northeastern Arizona did not witness it.

They left after being told the flight attempt had been cancelled due to delays in obtaining approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.

There is video of the part of the flight released by Rossy’s sponsors and Robert Bravo, chief executive of the Hualapai tribe-owned Grand Canyon Resort, said he saw it.

“You could see him come out of the helicopter … he was so small compared to the grandeur of the canyon,” Bravo said. “I was in awe the whole time I was watching him.”

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