Swiss man soars above Alps with jet-powered wing
Yves Rossy, a Swiss pilot, strapped on a jet-powered wing and leaped from a plane Wednesday for the first public demonstration of the homemade device, turning figure eights and soaring high above the Alps.
Article on Yahoo!
Other Article in the Daily Mail
So far Rossy and his sponsors, including the Swiss watch company Hublot, have poured more than $285,000 and countless hours of labor into building the device. He would not estimate how much his device would cost should it ever be brought to market.
But, he believes similar jet-powered wings will one day be more widely available to experienced parachutists ready for the ultimate flying experience.
That is, if they don't mind missing out on the breathtaking panorama above the Swiss Alps.
"I am so concentrated, I don't really enjoy the view," Rossy said.
It's finally been done publicly. Man's eternal quest for flight has just gotten one step closer. Is anyone else reminded of Buzz Lightyear for some reason? No? Must be me then...
Who in their right mind would want to fly with a pair of jet-powered wings?
Every single one of you. That's who
WOW! Check out the device in Action!!
Pictures of his flight and preparation can be found here
UPDATE: ToolUsingAnimal has pointed out that this idea has been developed since 1935