I watched the jet man fly across the English Channel at 4:30 P.M. IST on National Geography Channel. It was very exciting!
A Swiss pilot named Yves Rossy, 47 year old, created history in aviation, zoomed into record books by becoming the first person using a single jet-propelled wing to fly solo across the English Channel from Calais, France to Dover, Britain on 26 September, 2008. He, also known as Fusionman, flew to a height of 3,000 meters in the Pilatus airplane over the Yverdon airfield and ignited the jets on his homemade wing, attached on his back and then leapt out. He went piloting across the sky at speed of more then 200 Km. per hour to cover the 35.4 Km distance from Calais to Dover in less then 10 minutes. Before this historical attempts, two earlier attempts were cancelled due to bad weather. The jet-propelled wing is 2.5 meters wide and has four simple jet engines on it, to keep him in air. The jet-propelled wing has no equipments like navigation, and landing gear.
Yvess Rossy used his head and and his legs to navigate the jet. The jet weighed about 55 Kgs, including fuel, and it carried four kerosene-burning jet turbines adopted from jets for model aircraft. Yves parachuted sucessfully down in Dover, Britain.
Yvess Rossy is described as very humble and shy person. From his young days was interested in flying and air acrobatics. After briefly serving in airforce, he became commercial pilot in Swiss national airlines. His long standing dream flying solo with jet propelled wings got fullfiled when he crossed the English Channel. This is definitely a courageous and daring act even after half a dozen accidents.
MANY CONGRATULATION TO YVESS ROSSY
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. - Winston Churchill
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