Liberty Just in Case

A Dialogue for the September 12th World

He’s a Jetsetter….No Really…I Mean It!

Posted by redsatellite on September 25, 2008

This is too cool for school!


Swiss pilot Yves Rossy is set to cross the English Channel strapped to a homemade jet-propelled wing, organizers said Thursday.

Weather permitting, Rossy will leap from a plane more than 2,500 meters (2,700 yards) off the ground, fire up his jets and try to make the 35-kilometer (22-mile) from Calais in France to Dover in England in about 12 minutes, according to a statement put out by his organizers.

The carbon composite-wing weighs about 55 kilograms (121 pounds) when loaded with fuel, and carries four kerosene-burning jet turbines to keep him aloft. The wing has no steering devices — Rossy moves his body to control its movements.

Leaping out of a perfectly good airplane? Good luck buddy. You won’t be getting a second chance.

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