Pilot flies over English Channel with jetpack

A Swiss pilot has crossed the English Chanel with a jet-powered wing. He started the trip by jumping out of a plane over Calais and landed with a parachute in Dover. All together, the whole flight lasted 10 minutes to make the 22 mile flight.

The 49-year-old flew on a plane to more than 8,200ft (2,500m), ignited jets on a wing on his back, and jumped out.

Mr Rossy had hoped to reach speeds of 125mph.

It felt "great, really great", said Mr Rossy: "I only have one word, thank you, to all the people who did it with me."

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Very interesting and cool
Plasmana9 years ago
That is so cool!

Now, the next thing they need to do is some how make takeoff and landing easier...
sounds like we got a ~~guinea pig~~ i mean ~~tester~~ i mean the next guy to do it
Forget him, I'll be the test subject! Ever since i saw this dude in PopSci a while back, I've soooooo wanted one of those! (I just wish it could hold at least an hours worth of fuel)
Did you mean:

sounds like we got a next guy to do it ????
sure whynot
It does not make sense to me... :-(
cronama8 years ago
that is mine now, i claim it it is mine ,no touching ....mine
Since he started at altitude, and ended at ground level, and from the looks of this rig and suit, I feel compelled to point out: "That's not flying, that's falling with style"
Well flying is just learning to fall and miss the ground.
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