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.
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.
Yves Rossy Jets from a hot air balloon
Interview with Yves Rossy in 2008