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May 27 2009

Minimalist jet-powered flight

In my previous post I mentioned Yves Rossy. Most of you probably haven’t heard of him. As the video below shows, he takes a somewhat different approach than the base-jumpers. Yves developed and built a system comprising a back pack with rigid carbon-fiber wings with a span of about 2.4 meters (7.9 ft), powered by four attached jet engines modified from model aircraft engines. He successfully flew across the English Channel on 26 September 2008 in under 10 minutes, reaching a speed of 125 mph during the crossing.

1 comment

  1. Jason Thibeault

    First thing I thought of seeing this was a new way to deliver paratroopers behind enemy lines.

    Loved the Yellow Submarine at the top of the clip! 😀

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