Jetman Flies With Two Jets – Yes, that really is a ‘Jetman’ flying with two large Jets near the Alps next to him. The pilot’s custom-built suit weighs 55kg, a two-metre wing span and has four engines, and can exceed speeds of 200km/h. Daring adventurer has also flown over the Grand Canyon and English Channel.
The Swiss pilot has completed his latest dramatic stunt by flying with just a jet-propelled wing alongside two planes over the Swiss Alps.
Yves Rossy, also known as ‘Jetman’, took to the skies for the latest remarkable solo flight where he flanked two L-39C Albatros planes.
The 52-year-old became the first man in history to fly with a jet-propelled wing in November 2006. His most recent daredevil feat saw him fly in formation with the two planes over the famous mountain range. ‘Jetman’ Rossy flew fighter jets for the Swiss air force for 17 years.
He has also previously soared over the Grand Canyon for eight minutes, and over the English Channel, in 13 minutes. Previously Jetman has flown his jet suit across Lake Geneva in 2002 and the English Channel in 2008.
His U.S. flight had taken two years to plan but was held up at the last minute because the final Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval had been given just 30 minutes before he was due to take off on Friday.
This meant that Rosy had had no time to practice. That may have been OK if the flight have been over water, but with the Grand Canyon’s snagged edges and jutting out rocks one wrong move could have proved fatal.
“I was not ready. It would be unsafe anddisrespectful to my team and everybody here to present something not well prepared,” Rossy said.
Jetman also had to cancel his first attempt at flying over the English Channel because of bad weather.