It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s . . . Jetman and his new sidekick!
Jetman is a former fighter pilot named Yves Rossy. He invented a jet pack with wings that allow him to soar through the air at speeds of up to 125 miles per hour. Rossy recently announced that another Jetman will start flying with him—French adventure sportsman and world-champion skydiver Vince Reffet.
“It is a privilege to have a talented athlete like Vince fly beside me high in the sky,” Rossy says. “I believe that together we will make great advances.”
Rossy began training Reffet in 2009. The two marked their partnership on May 11 by flying together over landmarks in Dubai—a major city in the Middle Eastern country of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). They soared over the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.
The current jetpack has a 6½-foot wingspan, weighs more than 120 pounds, and has four engines. Rossy has flown over many famous locations wearing the pack, including the Grand Canyon, the Swiss Alps, and the English Channel.
“I want to make possible what humans have only been dreaming of,” says Rossy.
CONTINUING THE DREAM
On their flights, Rossy and Reffet jump out of an aircraft high in the sky. Then they free-fall to gain speed before soaring into the sky. They do loops and other complex moves and sometimes fly in formation with airplanes. The flights usually last 6 to 13 minutes and cover up to 35 miles.
Rossy hopes Reffet will continue the Jetman legacy and help ensure that future generations experience human flight. “I’m privileged to learn from Yves, and together we dream to go higher,” says Reffet.
Jetman’s average speed is 200 km/hr. How far does he travel in 12 minutes if he moves at that speed?