Over the English Channel in a Jetpack: 'Fusion Man' Flies from Calais to Dover
Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy finally made his dream come true and flew across the English Channel with his own jet-propelled wing. "Fusion Man" finally had the perfect weather conditions to make the trip which took less than 10 minutes.
Yves Rossy always said he would cross the English Channel and now he has. What makes this journey special is that the Swiss inventor made the trip by taking flight using his very own jet-propelled wing.
The 49-year-old had been forced to cancel the trip twice this week due to bad weather but on Friday the conditions were just right. "It was perfect," he told reporters after the flight. "Blue sky, sunny, no clouds, perfect conditions. We prepared everything and it was great."
As he approached British soil he looped over onlookers before opening his parachute with the wing still strapped to his back. Rossy wore a heat-resistant suit similar to that worn by firefighters and racing drivers to protect him from the heat of the turbines. The cooling effect of the wind and high altitude also prevented him from getting too hot.
The wing used by Rossy spans 2.4 meters (8 feet), is made of lightweight carbon composite and weighs about 55 kilograms (120 pounds) including fuel.
The Swiss inventor had wanted to emulate the French aviator and inventor Louis Bleriot, who became the first person to fly across the English Channel 99 years ago. That trip took 37 minutes.
smd -- with wire reports
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