May 16 2008'Fusion Man' Provides More Jet Wing Action


I posted the story of the Jet Wing back in January, but since Yves Rossy just made his first public demonstration of the jet-powered wing, he's back in the news. Rossy and sponsors spent over $285,000 perfecting the thing, and he recently flew that shit for a gathered crowd of media before landing on the eastern shore of Lake Geneva (via parachute). Rossi wants to try crossing the English Channel later this year, and eventually fly through the Grand Canyon.

Rossy stepped out of the Swiss-built Pilatus Porter aircraft at 7,500 feet, unfolded the rigid 8-foot wings strapped to his back and dropped. Passing from free fall to a gentle glide, Rossy then triggered four jet turbines and accelerated to 186 miles an hour as a crowd on the mountaintop below gasped -- then cheered.

Steering only with his body, Rossy dived, turned and soared again, flying what appeared to be effortless loops from one side of the Rhone valley to the other. At times he rose 2,600 feet before descending again with a trail of special-effects smoke in his wake.

Ah yes, smoke effects, what a showman.

"It's like a second skin," he later told reporters. "If I turn to the left, I fly left. If I nudge to the right, I go right."

Oh yeah Rossi, just like a second skin. Except, you know, it's a rigid 8-foot wing with four jet engines attached. But besides that, yeah, just like a pair of tighty whities.

Video of Rossi and the wing in action after the jump.

Rocket man flies on jet-powered wings [msnbc]

Thanks to Pat, Jamie James the Third, Victoria, and Shawn for making me wish I was Condorman, but with jets

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Reader Comments

i love what that guy says..."the first man to fly under his own ROCKET power." lol. like his body innately has rocket abilities.

The real question is, can you put some boot locks on the top of it and stand on it to fly... I guess what I'm saying is I really want a glider like the Green Goblin's. Ah well, one step closer I suppose.

wow, that is pretty cool. I now want to try it. Of course I have to work up the courage to actually step out of a perfectly good airplane to do it. That there is where I would have a bit of trouble.

I didn't see any "effertless loops" in the video. I think there was a bit of exaggeration going on there. I can't bag too much though because it is pretty freaking cool.

I would probably pee all over everyone on the ground. This is my pledge to you.

What the hell happens if he sneezes?

Mmm, there are some strange details in that video.
There are cuts in the important moments (landing, for instance) and the guy doesn't seem to move.
Also the still images shown look quite composited to me (0:06.. c'mon)
It doesn't look fake (I actually can see the hand of the guy moving when he controls the parachute), but some details look suspicious.

well, i guess this really puts that guy to shame that just had the glider wing and no rocket boosters... lol.

Power Extreme!!

Hey maybe now we'll actually understand why birds poop on people. Other than necessity, we'll be able to prove that its just fun.

@4 - R Kelly would be proud!

@1 - EXACTLY!!!

What the SHIT? Something was invented - and then flown for the first time ever - by someone that isn't American? F***ing HOAX, lads.

Still, Hollywood'll soon set this straight.

In other news, the scrote that thought it would be clever to set the video to 'Rocket Man' deserves a shoeing.

Ya I agree with boot-lock Bill...err.. I mean Rod

I'm sure one of these whack-job companies will have Pumpkin bombs to go with this.

He's obviously been watching too many re-runs of Captain Power and The Soldiers of The Future!

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