Jetman flies in formation with vintage aircraft
PUBLISHED: 11:17 25 June 2012 | UPDATED: 14:16 10 October 2012
Passengers on a vintage aircraft in Switzerland have been privileged to fly alongside the world's first jet-powered man.
Passengers on a vintage aircraft in Switzerland have been privileged to fly alongside the world’s first jet-powered man.
In a display reminiscent of the famous scene from Superman, Yves ‘Jetman’ Rossy flew in close formation with the Breitling Douglas DC-3 – a 1940s twin propeller aircraft.
As the guests boarded the Douglas, Rossy – who uses a rigid carbon Kevlar wing equipped with four jet engines – positioned himself on the skid of an Eagle AS 350 helicopter.
After climbing to 6,000ft Yves fell backwards from the helicopter, stabilised the wing and engaged the engines to full throttle.
He reached an altitude of 4,500ft and speeds of 205km/h before joining the vintage aircraft, which had been maintaining a holding position above Lake Lucerne.
Man and machine then flew together for seven minutes before the Jetwing’s fuel supply was exhausted and Rossy parachuted back to Buochs airport.
Click here to visit the Jetman’s website and watch videos of his other exploits.