What a Rush!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s jet-man!!


AP photo: Yves Rossy flying his jet wing.

You have got to see this to believe it. A Swiss pilot strapped a wing on his back and went flying in the Alps. The difference is this wing has four jet engines attached. He exited a light plane at an altitude of 7,500 feet, triggered the jet engines and accelerated to 186 miles per hour. He even performed a few acrobatic manovers before landing.

Power for his strap-on wing is provided by four German-built model aircraft engines. They put out 200 pounds of thrust. Yves Rossy, a 48 year old former military pilot, put on the performance for the media after five years of training.

Rossy has to concentrate on relaxing while flying his wing because if he gets too tense, it can cause him to change direction suddenly, not a good thing. If something does go wrong he can jettison the wing and open a parachute he carries. He also has to wear a heat-resistant suit to protect him from the heat of the engines on his back.

What’s next? Well later this year he hopes to cross the English Channel a distance of about 22 miles. One of his longer term goals is to fly through the Grand Canyon.

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9 Responses to What a Rush!

  1. stamperdad says:

    Auria I’m with you. Much as it would be a blast, don’t know if my heart could stand it.

    Steve

  2. Auria Cortes says:

    Wow! I want to try it. I think I’ll $hit in my pants, tho. 🙂

  3. stamperdad says:

    I haven’t seen Ironman as yet, but yes guess it is pretty similar. Thanks

    Steve

  4. Reminds me of the iron man movie…

  5. stamperdad says:

    thanks for the comments. Yes for me at least it would be a bit scary.

    Steve

  6. I like your comment on commuting to downtown! If it catches on though, you’d better be wary of other bird-people- and real birds, for that matter. And if someone stole your wings how would you get back home? No, it would never work 🙂

    His altitude, and this piece of information:
    “accelerated to 186 miles per hour” really amazed me. Wow.

  7. Marian says:

    Looks very cool, but I wonder where he carries the fuel for the engines.

    Also, did anyone else have flashbacks of the scene from Mystery Science Theater 3000’s “The Cave Dwellers”, where Ator whips up a functional hang glider in five minutes and then sails off on it to bomb the bad guys?

  8. stamperdad says:

    Maybe this will be the next way for me to commute from the burbs to downtown.

    I enjoy your site very much Dennis, keep up the good posts.

    Steve

  9. Dennis Price says:

    Who knows, this thing may catch on and they’ll figure out a way to put the wing on a big metal tube and cram in way too many people. Oh, that’s right they already have – That’s why he’s got that contraption strapped to his back. I’ve wished for just such a device when I travelled all the time and got those rediculous delay announcements from the airlines. Thanks for coming by. Enjoyed your comments on my site.

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