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