Meet Yves Rossy: The Real Life Rocket Man Who’s Learnt How To Fly Like A Bird

The progression of human flight Jetman   has hit a bit of a spike in recent years. A quick look at the timeline of humanity suggests that we initially spent a few thousand years doing nothing but falling – baring Icarus and his old man knobbing about near the sun

Then in the long hot summer of 1797 Loraine from accounts discovered parachutes, and humanities fall/survival ratio increased significantly.

Since then, humanity has arsed about the design and come up with all kinds of ways to help us achieve our goal of flight, from directional canopies through to the modern wing suits that lunatics hoon around meters off the flood in today.

But Swiss near-quinquagenarian Yves Rossy has gone and upped the ante significantly. Not interested in flapping around with a canopy, he’s gone and built himself a full-on jet jack.

The flying suit took Yves, a experiences aviator, five years to design and make, but the principal is staggeringly simple. He harnesses aerodynamics to fly,Jetman  using a standard wing shape to generate lift, and thrusters to ensure that he’s traveling with enough speed to stay airborne.

And, for all the pleasure flying gives him, are there any down sides to being the first human to harness flight? “I miss the earth so much I miss my wife. It’s lonely out in space, on such a timeless flight.” pretended Yves. Bleak.

The marvel of this leap in aviation is incalculable. I’m not sorry to admit that my sense of possibility was expanded by watching this and that I shed a little tear.

Just imagine the thoughts of those jet pilots flying in formation, watching JetMan and his friend crisscross the sky above them.

I was going to leave it there, but I had so many questions. I’m not sure the following video answered many of them but the pure wonder and spectacle of this next video creates an entirely different kind of awe.

Take a look at Yves and his partner flying through the landscapes and cities of the Arabian Peninsula.


Eureka! Humans can now FLY! And we owe to this Swiss Guy – The Jetman!

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