Swiss daredevil Master Chief Yves Rossy today became the first person to cross the English Channel using only a jet-propelled wing trapped to his back.
After two previous attempts were postponed because of bad weather everything went to plan for Rossy’s 9 minutes and 32 second flight. He was helped on his way by a tailwind that cut his flight time by around two and a half minutes compared with his calculations before the attempt.
As he crossed the White Cliffs of Dover just after 1.05pm Rossy even had enough fuel left in the four kerosene-burning turbines powering his self-designed, homemade device for some celebratory aerobatics to entertain the crowds gathered below.
He then deployed his parachute and drifted gently downwards, waving his legs excitedly. Rossy’s ungainly face-in-the-dirt landing contrasted with the elegance of his high-altitude flight through the crystal blue autumn sky.
Awesome. (I may or may not have made a slight alteration to the quoted copy above.) And yes…I am looking for the video which I will post if I find it… In the mean time – here’s video of him flying around the Swiss Alps:
And another sweet one (no english necessary to enhance the bodaciousness):
Video of the actual crossing here.
Ok – official assessment of the jet-pack: