Falling Sky

9/26/08

Where's my jetpack?

Oh. It appears this guy has it.


A Swiss man has become the first person to fly solo across the English Channel using a single jet-propelled wing.

Yves Rossy landed safely after the 22-mile (35.4 km) flight from Calais to Dover, which had been twice postponed this week because of bad weather.

The former military pilot took less than 10 minutes to complete the crossing and parachute to the ground.

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.
Hello, future. So glad you could join us.

6 comments:

Rene said...

Seriously!

I'd like the manufacturers of the world to unite and start mass producing these things right now.

Who doesn't want a jet pack?

Lou Anders said...

The engines were made from model airplane parts. So it's not unobtainable cost wise.

ces said...

ummm, I don't think so . . .

Lou Anders said...

Well, the cost may not be doable, but the engines were made from model airplane engines (larger ones). I saw an interview where they talked about it at length.

ces said...

I am not a good airplane flyer. Seriously.

Lou Anders said...

I deeply regret never having parachuted before having a family.