The Jetman Does It Again (Video)

Yves Rossy, the Swiss adventurer who has flown across the English Channel using a winged jet-pack, pulled off another exploit on Friday, flying two aerial loops in a new version of his invention.

Rossy, who was testing a new, more aerodynamic model of the jet-pack, jumped from a hot-air balloon at 2400 metres and performed the stunt during an 18-minute flight before making a parachute landing.

“He flew a few minutes to stabilise his wing and find the optimal angle to begin two loopings,” said a statement on his website, www.jetman.com.

Rossy, 51, said his new model of the jet-pack, which has a two-metre wingspan instead of the 2.5-metre model and no unfoldable parts, was both more aerodynamic and stable.

He designed it along with Swiss collaborators, the RUAG Company.

Read the full article in “Yahoo 7 News”

Yves Rossy (born 27 August 1959 in Neuchâtel) is a Swiss pilot, inventor and aviation enthusiast. He is the first person to achieve sustained human flight using a jet-powered fixed wing strapped to his back. This jet pack has led to his being nicknamed Jet Man and Fusion Man.

Read more about Yves Rossy in Wikipedia.

Yves Rossy Jets from a hot air balloon

Interview with Yves Rossy in 2008

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6 Responses to The Jetman Does It Again (Video)

  1. Jill says:

    That looks like a lot of fun, where can I test drive it? 🙂

  2. travelrat says:

    English Channel sounds a bit dodgy; that’s the most congested bit of airspace on earth. Also, don’t like the parachuting bit at the end; would prefer to do a normal landing like you do with a microlite or a paraplane. Otherwise ….

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi travelrat,
      Yes he actually did make it across the English Channel, he did it in just under 10 minutes. I’ll put in a link to an article on it in “BBC News UK” there is also a video in the article as well. National Geographic done a special on it as well.
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7637327.stm
      I agree about the parachute, it sort of takes something away from the flight I feel.

  3. travelrat says:

    Wonder if he asked anyone? 😀

    Reason I asked was the authorities wouldn’t let Gilo Cardozo fly his Skycar across the Channel on the way to Timbuktu

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi travelrat,
      Yes that does sound a bit strange, to allow one but not the other. There was an awful lot of publicity involving the jetman, as I said National Geographic done a full hour special on him crossing the Channel, as well as hundreds of photographs, and camera people from all over the world, maybe that may have had something to do with it? Or maybe money from or any of the big TV stations, may have paid for the privilege, this I feel we will never know the answer to.

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