The future of a man with wings is already here. Rocket-man Yves "Jetman" Rossy, the Swiss flyer who invented the personal " jet pack" with wings made out of carbon fibre, is a living proof of that. This time he flew over the city of Dubai. And, he was not alone.
"Jetman" started a similar project seven years ago, when he flew over the English Channel with a pair of wings just 2.5m wide that he made himself. Four engines were fitted to them, providing an average flying speed of around 200 km/h. This system had a total weight of approximately 55 kg. Subsequent achievements include a flight over Mount Fuji and Grand Canyon, this time he took off above Dubai.
Rossy had a long standing wish to train another person who would become his "wingman" and fly next to him using the identical equipment. He succeeded at last – Vince Reffet, parachute and BASE jumper, joined him.
No doubt this is just the beginning. One wonders where will the adrenaline driven couple fly off to next?