A few hours ago Yves Rossy achieved yet another dream.
The Swiss pilot and inventor of the jet pack jumped from a helicopter hovering over Rio de Janeiro and flew around its historic landmarks, before pulling his chute and landing on Copocabana beach.
The former fighter pilot made the 11 minutes 35 seconds after dropping out of the helicopter over Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas and flicking the switch on his carbon-kevlar Jetwing. This activated the four engines, which each offer a thrust of 22kg, and propelled the Swiss aviator through the South American skies at between 200-300kph, controlled by a simple hand held throttle.
Rossy described his experience saying: “It will be difficult to find a more beautiful city than Rio. Flying in front of Christ the Redeemer, it seemed like it was just him and me. It was very spritual to be face-to-face with such a symbol of peace. I would like to thank the city of Rio and everyone who made this happen. The message for this flight go and realise your dreams.”
photos courtesy of BRUNO BROKKEN/Breitling SA