Yves Rossy, a Swiss pilot known as Jetman who was the first to fly a jet-powered wing, and his flying protégé, Vince Reffet, made aviation history over Dubai on Monday by achieving the first twin human formation.
Rossy and Reffet dropped from a helicopter, powered the jet-packs that were attached to their backs, and spent 10 minutes flying the skies over Dubai, diving, performing acrobatic stunts and flying in formation, Reuters reported.
Reffet, a world-renowned BASE jumper from France, spent five years training and preparing before becoming an official member of the Jetman team.
The groundbreaking flight is documented in the video “Young Feathers.” The flight over Dubai begins at the 6:25 mark:
The pair reached speeds of up to 186 mph during the flight before deploying parachutes and landing safely at the Sky Dive Dubai landing field.
"It feels good to be in the air for me," Reffet, 30, said minutes after landing. "It’s kind of a dream. I’m not a pilot. I never piloted an airplane before, but I can fly like a plane, more like a bird."
Rossy, 55, has made several flights with his jet wing over the years. Now the legacy is extended with Jetman Junior.
"We love to fly," Rossy said on the video. "We are exploring the limits. We are in an element of nature—air. And that element, we have to respect it like we respect nature—so strong, so present. We're just lucky guys that we can lay in that element for some small moment."
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