Humans flying solo high in the sky is an act of imagination most prepubescent children have long sought to realize, with their hands outstretched and their lips buzzing the sound of propulsion, the technology inspired by this fantasy is now reality.
Swiss pilot Yves Rossy (aka Jetman) has been testing and perfecting one of the most advanced jetpacks ever created. Made of carbon-fiber wings with a wing span of two meters and powered by four-motors, these jetpacks require the pilots to use their bodies as rudders to change the trajectory of their flight paths. Recently, Yves Rossy and his sidekick Vince Reffet put together this mesmerizing video of themselves flying over the city of Dubai at speeds in excess of 100 mph.
In 2006, Rossy became the first man ever to fly a jet-propelled wing, and his obsession with building a jetpack started while he was working as a commercial flight captain after retiring as a military pilot for the Swiss air force. According to an article published in the Daily Mail, Rossy “dedicated all his free time to flight and experimented with all its forms, creating a harness with inflatable wing panels that he subsequently developed into a rigid wing with four engines.”