Sunday, April 22, 2012

Yves Rossy, Airman, Jetman, Rocketman and, later, Fusionman!

AWESOME! Swiss pilot Yves Rossy has completed a formation flight alongside two Albatross jets above the Swiss Alps. After 10 years of development and more than 15 prototypes, Rossy used a wing he'd created with four model jet engines to fly for five minutes and 40 seconds. He carried only an altimeter and a tiny throttle control. Enjoy Real Life Flying On 120 Different Planes at http://www.ProFlightSimulator.up.to In May 2008, the 52-year-old made his first official flight over the Swiss Alps in front of the media. Rossy crossed the English Channel in September 2008 by air and the event was broadcast live to 165 countries. It took him 13 minutes. Since then, Rossy has flown alongside two Boeing Stearman biplanes carrying the Breitling Wingwalkers, circled a hot-air balloon and hurtled over the Grand Canyon. The ultimate dream of flight - soaring through the air, with total freedom in all three dimensions, not within a heavy and complicated machine but with only one's body and sensations - a dream everybody had at least once in their life. JETMAN made it real. Test flights in Swiss airspace. Rossy developed and built a system comprising a back pack with semi-rigid aeroplane-type carbon-fiber wings with a span of about 2.4 metres (7.9 ft), powered by four attached Jet-Cat P200 jet engines[2] modified from large-model, kerosene fueled, aircraft engines. His first flight occurred in November 2006 in Bex,[3] lasting nearly six minutes and nine seconds. Yves later successfully flew across the English Channel on 26 September 2008 in 9 minutes 7 seconds,[4] reaching a speed of 299 km/h (186 mph) during the crossing.[5] Later in 2008, he made a flight over the Alps, reaching a top descent speed of 304 km/h (189 mph) and an average speed of 124 mph.[6][7] Jet-powered wing In November 2009, Rossy attempted a crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar, hoping to be the first person to fly between two continents using a jetpack. He leapt from a small plane about 1,950 m (6,500 ft) above Tangier in Morocco in the direction of Atlanterra in Spain. The flight was expected to take about a quarter of an hour but, due to strong winds and cloud banks, Rossy ditched into the sea, to be picked up ten minutes later by his support helicopter three miles from the Spanish coast. He was flown to a hospital in Jerez, and later released unhurt. The Spanish Coast Guard later retrieved the jetpack (which had a parachute and a float).[8][9][10][11] On 5 November 2010, he flew a new version of his jet-powered flight system and successfully performed two aerial loops before landing via parachute. He launched from a hot air balloon piloted by Brian Jones at 2,400 meters (7,900 feet) and flew a total of 18 minutes before landing. The wingspan of Rossy's latest craft had been reduced to 2 m.[12][13] On 7 May 2011, Rossy flew across the Grand Canyon in Arizona, after the United States Federal Aviation Administration classified his flight system as an aircraft, waived the normal 25 to 40 hours of flight testing time, and granted him permission to perform the flight.[14][15] Yves served as a fighter pilot in the Swiss Air Force, flying Dassault Mirage IIIs, Northrop F-5 Tiger IIs and Hawker Hunters. He flew Boeing 747s for Swissair. As of 2008, he was flying for Swiss International Air Lines.[16] Swiss pilot Yves “Jetman” Rossy has taken his jet-powered backpack wing into new territory, flying in formation with a pair of jets. His recent flight over Switzerland demonstrates the increasing level of control Rossy has with his four-engined wing. He was recently featured on an episode of Stan Lee's Superhumans.[17]

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