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Yves Rossy
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Full name Yves Rossy
Lived 27 August 1959 (1959-08-27) (age 50) -
Birth Neuchâtel
Nationality Switzerland Swiss
Aviation
Known for First person to fly a jet engine-powered wing
Air Force Swiss Air Force

Yves Rossy (born 27 August 1959 in Neuchâtel) is a Swiss pilot, inventor and aviation enthusiast. He is nicknamed Jet Man and Fusion Man for being the first person to achieve sustained human flight using a jet-powered fixed wing strapped to his back (see here for more details).

Jet-powered wing

Rossy developed and built a system comprising a back pack with rigid aeroplane-type carbon-fiber wings with a span of about 2.4 metres (7.9 ft), powered by four attached jet engines modified from model aircraft engines. His first flight occurred in November 2006 in Bex[1], lasting nearly six minutes. Yves later successfully flew across the English Channel on 26 September 2008 in under 10 minutes[2] (9 minutes 7 seconds[3]), reaching a speed of 299 km/h (186 mph) during the crossing[4]

Later in 2008, he made a flight over the Alps, reaching a top speed of 304 km/h (189 mph).[5][6]

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 banks of cloud, Rossy ditched into the sea, to be picked up ten minutes later by his support helicopter 3 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).[7] [8][9][10]

Yves has served as a fighter pilot in the Swiss Air Force, flying Dassault Mirage IIIs, Northrop F-5 Tiger IIs and Hawker Hunters. He also flew Boeing 747s for Swissair and now pilots an Airbus A320 for Swiss International Air Lines.

Next, Rossy plans to fly across the Grand Canyon in Arizona in the USA.

See also

External images
Yves Rossy[11]
In flight[12]
Wing suit[13]

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