It's a Bird, It's a Plane... It's Fusionman!
The Jetson's are coming... well the jet pack is here anyway. Yves Rossy a former Swiss military pilot has ensured the future is now by producing a personal jet pack and soaring successfully through the alps. The former jet pilot has been building the carbon fiber machine in his garage and says his dream is to make it available to the public.
Rossy begins his flight by jumping out of a plane and lands using a parachute - but the in between is a jet-powered glide.
Flying at an altitude of 2,600 feet, former Swiss air force fighter pilot Yves Rossy — aka “Fusion Man or Jet-man” — leaped from a plane yesterday wearing the contraption he’d spent 5 years designing and building. With retractable wings and 4 jet engines strapped to his back, Yves took flight through the Alps at 186 mph, did a series of figure 8’s, then folded his wings and parachuted to ground.
Yves Rossy -- a Swiss daredevil whom we all look forward to living through vicariously -- says he has become "the first person to gain altitude and maintain a stable, horizontal flight thanks to aerodynamic carbon foldable wings." While we've seen jetpacks before, and realize that folks have taken to the air on similar devices in years past, Reuters is giving us a sneak peek at Rossy's flight, which he took on the kerosene-powered, back-strapped vehicle -- and we admit, it looks like quite the thrill ride. So if you're looking to quell your fears before picking up one of your own (hopefully) in a few years, be sure to hit the read link for a live action video (and a good reason to grin).