Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Jetman Flight at Grand Canyon West
Ever wanted to fly like a bird?
Yves Rossy nicknamed 'Jetman' was the first person to fly a jet engine-powered wings. He developed and built a system comprising a back pack with semi-rigid aeroplane-type carbon-fiber wings with a span of about 2.4 metres (7.9 ft), powered by four attached Jet-Cat P200 jet engines modified from large-model, kerosene fueled, aircraft engines. His first flight occurred in November 2006 in Bex, lasting nearly six minutes and nine seconds. He flew over some places. On 5 November 2010, he flew a new version of his jet-powered flight system and successfully performed 2 aerial loops before landing via parachute. He launched from a hot air balloon at 2,400 meters (7,900 feet) and flew a total of 18 minutes before landing. The wingspan of Rossy's latest craft has been reduced to 2m. He says that the suit with the jet engine-powered wings attached will be available for human to fly in near future. Isn't that amazing? I cant wait to get my hands on them and fly like a bird.