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Jetman pilots escort Emirates A380.

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.

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Jetman pilots alongside the world’s largest passenger aircraft.

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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