Sat, Sep 04, 2004
Yves Rossy zooms through sky with 9-foot wings, twin jet
Yves Rossy, French daredevil, has set yet another world record.
This time, the wild and crazy guy has become the first man to fly
horizontally with wings attached to a flight suit of his own design
and two small jet engines.
The flight lasted four minutes, and took place over the city of
Bex, Switzerland. Rossy, who had been trying to accomplish this
feat for years, jumped out of a Pilatus Porter aircraft from 4,000
meters and glided down to 2,500 meters over some 30 seconds of free
He then fired up his two Jet-Cat model aircraft turbine engines
and, once the engines stabilized, throttled up. He soon levelled
off at a cruise speed of a cool 115 mph or so. He even turned on
his smoke system so that the cameras and ground crew could see
After four minutes, he encountered some heavy turbulence and
decided to call it a day. He shut down the engines and deployed his
parachute, making a safe landing and setting a new world record.
And he still had half his fuel!
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