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Swiss Man flies with jet wing strapped to his back

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Following a long line of predecessors, this Swiss man, who's lifetime passion is flying, once flew for the Swiss army at the controls of the Mirage III, then went on to fly as captain on Airbuses, and now has not only created and developed wings which allow him to fly, but also built and personally tested them over the past 7 years.

Finally, and this is since last Autumn, his dream became reality mainly because of 4 model-engines which were built under his wings. With these, he can fly at over 200km/hr and conquer mountain summits. During the flight, Yves's body becomes the likes of a bird and, other than a gas handle, Yves does not ride his wings but truly flies them, using various light body movements that he has learned to handle with perfection. These body movements are equal to those that birds use to fly...

And like Batman, when he flies alongside airplanes they can only look and admire him when he activates the acceleration button which makes him disappear at an incredible speed through the blue skies.

Though the most important part of this project has been achieved, there still remains some fine-tuning which needs to be achieved before allowing Yves to take-off, do aerobatics, vertical climbs, and participate at various airshows. To this day, Yves is extremely proud to have arrived at this point in this project and this alone and with the help of several friends, especially as many people judged this project impossible. Having such high potential, finding sponsors and support should be an easy task so that Yves can finally achieve the next steps

Today, Batman can leave behind his cartoon books and movie theatres and fly above the Swiss Alps. Yves Rossy has finally achieved Leonardo Da Vinci's greatest fantasy and can fly through the air!

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2009 16:24  

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