It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, No it’s the Jetman

Flying is something that fascinates everybody, be it the beauty of the bird in full-flight or the smooth-sailing Superman, we all wants to fly, of course other than in our dreams. Here’s a man that is living his dream, yes he can fly. We are talking about the 51- year old Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy, who is known by various names including Airman, Jetman, Rocketman and Fusionman.

In 2008, he became the first man in the world to fly across the English Channel with the support of a homemade single-jet powered wing. The only safety accessories that he was carrying were a helmet and a flight-suit. He covered the 22 Mile distance between France and England within 13 minutes. The monumental day in the life of this adrenaline junkie was an unforgettable one. On a day marked by clear blue skies, he descended from his plane at an altitude of 8,200 feet, within seconds he opened his wings fired up his turbines and headed straight to Britain. He reached some breathtaking speeds up to 125 Miles per hour.

After landing Rossy said “With that crossing I showed it is possible to fly a little bit like a bird. I am full of hope there will be many in the near future,”

He is a man who sticks to his word, since then his escapades have included a trip above the Swiss Alps and the Grand Canyon. The U.S Federal Aviation Administration classified his system as an aircraft, before his Grand Canyon flight.

In 2010, he attempted the unimaginable, a trip across continents, the first Inter-continental jetpack flight between Spain and Morocco. Unfortunately he fell short, knowing Rossy, he would never give up. He has since been working on overcoming the shortfalls of his trip. He has been trying to build a lighter and more powerful version of his jet-propelled wing; the wing he believed will allow him to take-off from land rather to jump out of Airplanes. The new wing with better aerodynamics will help him fly more fluidly. He plans to master the art of doing loops much like Airplanes and put on a air-show along with his friends for the world to see and be amazed. As we said, knowing the Jetman, nobody would bet against him.

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