Imagine gazing out the window of a commercial airliner and spotting men wearing jetpacks zooming alongside the aircraft, trailing contrails.
The accompanying footage reveals just such an improbable scene.
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But to be more precise, Jetman Dubai pilots Yvess Rossy and Vince Reffet were strapped into jet-propelled wings, not traditional jetpacks, in a long-planned stunt involving an Emirates A380, the world's largest passenger aircraft.
Rossy and Reffet deployed from a helicopter at 5,500 feet, over the Emirates aircraft as it flew in holding patterns 4,000 feet above the Dubai skyline.
The stunt was designed to "showcase just how far aviation has come," stated Jetman Dubai, adding that the jet-wing pilots "conducted formations on both sides of the aircraft and joined to one side thereafter before breaking away."
Very few people are trained to pilot jet-powered wings such as those flown by Rossy and Reffet, and that’s probably a good thing.
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