May 16, 2008

Fusion Man Becomes ROCKET Man!

Can you just imagine flying around with just a jet back and carbon wings? I'm thinking my next transatlantic flight ought to be with flying Swiss International, just in the hopes I'd catch a ride with this young pilot. Watch and see how awesome Yves Rossy's achievement is:
Rocket man flies into record books at 180mph
Elizabeth Stewart and agencies,, Thursday May 15 2008
Swiss 'Fusion Man' is in record books after solo flight

A Swiss rocket man has become the first person to fly with nothing but a wing and a jet engine strapped to his back, hurtling above the Alps at 300km/h.
Adrenalin junkie Yves Rossy, a former military pilot and current Airbus commander for Swiss International Air Lines, was dropped from a plane at 2,438 metres (8,000ft). After unfolding his wing, Rossy soared through the Alps at 180mph (300km/h), putting on an aerobatic display for fans who had made the trip.
Ten minutes later, with his name in the record books, Rossy deployed his parachute, folded the lightweight carbon wing and landed at the Bex airdrome.
Speaking to Reuters after his flight, Rossy said: "Happiness, an extraordinary sense of fullness to have once again been able to fly and mostly to show it, because it's one thing to do it on one's own, but to be able to share it live like today, that's extraordinary."
The successful demonstration was the result of years of research by the modern-day Icarus, who unsuccessfully tested his first jet engine attached to an inflatable wing in March 2003.
He developed his first rigid wing a year later, and completed his first successful flight in 2005, with two jet engines fixed under the wing. A safe prototype was achieved in 2006, allowing him a 5min 40sec flight – sufficient time for a few acrobatics.
British fans of the self-styled "Fusion Man" will be able to see him in action this autumn when he attempts a Channel crossing.
Mr. Rossy is beyond challenging the status quo: he's challenging universal laws of nature! The video below is different from what is posted on the Guardian site, but WAYYYYYYYYYYYYY cooler! Turn up your speakers & go to full screen!

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