VIDEO: ‘Jetman’ Takes Flight Over Swiss Alps

By Enjoli Francis

Nov 25, 2011 2:35pm

Yves Rossy a.k.a. “Jetman,” took to the skies recently to perform aerobatic figures with two L-39C Albatros planes over the Swiss Alps.

Rossy, a Swiss pilot, became the first and only man in aviator history to fly with a jet-propelled wing in November 2006.

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.

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.

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