Up, Up and whoosh!
A Swiss pilot has turned himself into a ‘rocketman’ by strapping a pair of wings and two jet engines to his back. Yves Rossy, 45, a former airforce fighter pilot, gave his carbon wings their first test flight in Spain He said: “It is absolutely fantastic. Total freedom in three dimensions, so much speed and power, it was better than being a bird.”
Rossy has to jump from an airplane but once airborne he ignites two kerosene powered jet engines and can maintain level flight for over four minutes at 115 mph. Control is achieved by way of electronic manipulation of the wingtips with two handles attached to the wings.
Final landing is done with a conventional parachute.
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