Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Real Buzz Lightyear

Yves Rossy Flies Over the English Channel

It was amazing enough back in 2003 when Yves Rossy began his Flying Man project and jumped out of a plane with stubby wings strapped to his back. On September 26, 2008, he truly over exceeded this achievement with his Jet-Man project and crossed the English Channel in just 10 minutes.

The final design was equipped with two kerosene-powered jet engines, foldable carbon wings and handles for easier manipulation. With this new design, Rossy had the freedom to glide or dive and became the first man to fly like a bird. Rossy leaped from a plane, fired up his jets and made the 22-mile trip from Calais, France, to Dover, England, for the solo flight.

"It was absolutely fantastic; freedom in three dimensions…I felt like a bird."
- Yves Rossy

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