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Pilot completes jetpack challenge

by Scully15 on Fri Sep 26, 2008 1:18 pm

A Swiss man has become the first person to fly solo across the English Channel using a single jet-propelled wing.

Yves Rossy landed safely after the 22-mile (35.4 km) flight from Calais to Dover, which had been twice postponed this week because of bad weather.

The former military pilot took less than 10 minutes to complete the crossing and parachute to the ground.

The 49-year-old flew on a plane to more than 8,200ft (2,500m), ignited jets on a wing on his back, and jumped out.

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Re: Pilot completes jetpack challenge

by Paul88 on Fri Sep 26, 2008 6:03 pm

Watched it live on Sky they had a helicoptor flying along side him,absolutely amazing.Hes on about flying over the Grand Canyon next

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Re: Pilot completes jetpack challenge

by Mother of Mystery on Fri Sep 26, 2008 6:32 pm

Blimey, whats happened here????

The page has tuned from blue to white and the smileys are in a line at the top...........mmmmm...did I accidently touch that red button?????

Anyway, excuse me while I gnash my gums....gnash, gnash.. 'cos I missed the Swiss pilots groundbreaking flight, I was looking forward to it too.

Just watched it on sky........SUPERB! One for Aviation the history books.

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