A man strapped to small jet pack has flown over the Alps - again. It's the second time that Yves Rossy, known as the Jet Man, has propelled himself over the famous mountain range with a four-engine rig bolted onto a 6ft 6in wing. This time round he flew in formation with two Albatross aircraft and managed a soft landing with a …
Confused by the 'and'....
"since 2008, when he first took on the Alps and flew across the English Channel"
- that's a hell of a range for a backpack.
A lunatic... but balls of steel to do something like this. Repeatedly.
Titanium because of the higher melting point.
Gotta give this bloke his due - flying alongside a couple of jet 'planes with a strap-on* wing has got to be fun. I'm both impressed and envious in equal measure.
WRT ground launches - it's only got to be a matter of time before he cobbles something together. Some sort of rocket booster to get him up to speed (and altitude, probably) before opening up the turbines should do. Perhaps us commentards should design him something (like the PARIS and LOHAN projects).
Big thumbs up from me.
There's another problem with taking off from the ground...
We "saw" him at Jersey last year.
I say "saw" because he was so high up, all we could see was a tiny dot, with a pale grey trail behind it, until he ran out of fuel and opened the parachute.
He had to fly so high because of the time it takes to open a parachute large enough to support the extra weight of the wing. Flying at a lower altitude, and taking off of course, would put him in the situation where he could recover from an engine failure.
"He had to fly so high because of the time it takes to open a parachute large enough to support the extra weight of his massive cojones"
Falling - with style?
As he can't take off but has to be dropped, isn't that just falling with style?
(as Woody said about Buzz Lightyear)
for use of "Strap-on" in a headline
... absolutely barking mad.
But what a set of cohones he's got!! Hat of to him. And I will never say the Swiss are boring ever again.
There's a lot of it about
Now there's at least two people in the world with massive cohones.
Not really a comparison other than a form of flight that could otherwise be called 'falling with style', as mentioned earlier:
Expensive to do
You'd think he'd get a sponsor.
"You'd think he'd get a sponsor."
"Watch" that space