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“Fusionman” Soars the Skies (Gallery)


A Swiss adventurer who calls himself Fusionman tried out a new jet powered carbon wing, and successfully flew for 5 minutes on May 15 before landing with a parachute. Yves Rossy, a 48-year-old former air force pilot lit the jets on his wing and then jumped from a plane over Bex, Switzerland. He is the world’s first man to fly with jet powered wings.

Rossy performed his first official demonstration of his wings, which are 2.5 meters in diameter and comes with four tiny jets. Once in full flight, Rossy can reach speeds of up to 200km/hr, but he can only stay in the air for a maximum of ten minutes due to the small fuel capacity of his jets.

Rossy, who now works for the Swiss airline, first unveiled his design in 2004. Today he flew like a rocketeer above the Swiss Alps.

Rossy hasn’t always had an easy ride though — during one jump in 2005, he lost control of his wing and didn’t open his parachute until he was just 500 meters above ground.

Since first designing his wing, Rossy has performed more than 30 motorized flights, improving this first prototype with the help of his team. He’s looking to one day have take-off capability with his jet-powered wings. His motto for his test flights: “Always have Plan B ready.”

For more information about Fusionman, see his website. , or the English version

Original News Source: Brisbane Times, AFP

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  • Steve May 15, 2008, 9:26 AM

    We’ll… everybody needs a hobby… right? Some are just more fantastic than others.

  • Qev May 15, 2008, 9:27 AM

    I wonder how long it’ll be until someone brings this to market? I’d love to take a spin in one. :D

  • Tallman May 15, 2008, 12:16 PM

    Up Up And Away!!!

  • D-wreck May 15, 2008, 1:09 PM

    he’s like buzz lightyear.

  • MrFurious May 15, 2008, 1:33 PM

    I want to know how long it will be before he starts fighting crime.

  • Mek May 15, 2008, 4:45 PM

    Ahahaha, my first thought as well! I looked at the pictures and thought: god damn, this guy looks like a super hero!

    Fusionman is a bad name though; he didn’t get his powers from an accident at a fusion reactor or something.

  • Freiddie May 15, 2008, 8:54 PM

    This is so coool.

  • Greg May 15, 2008, 11:27 PM

    Very neat and very crazy. Then again if it works and he has patented it he may make a fortune.

  • pantzov May 16, 2008, 1:31 AM

    awsome!

  • BadGuy1981 May 16, 2008, 6:23 AM

    maybe i could save money on my commute to work?

  • law mc May 16, 2008, 7:09 AM

    the name comes from his sponsor, Hublot a watchmaker which has a model out called ‘Fusion’.

    ye, this guy is one of the biggest current legends in aviation. An inspiration to all people wanting to get involved with airplanes, first a jet fighter pilot, then a commercial pilot, and then finally, icarus himself :)

  • law mc May 16, 2008, 7:11 AM

    i think he is very prone to spins though, he has no control surfaces other than his body shape. still would be a fantastic sensation.

  • Stephen May 16, 2008, 1:00 PM

    To Infinity, and beyond!

  • Kiwi May 17, 2008, 4:40 PM

    Falling with style.

  • Yusuf Musa May 18, 2008, 8:35 AM

    He actually opened a new page in history. I hope he or some other space scientist would further develope the system.

    I think it should be better if there is a kind of control panel for manupulating pitching, banking and smooth landing without the need for a parachute.

  • lolli polly May 19, 2008, 10:08 AM

    wow watch your language Mek!!! but thata is prty cool that he can fly but isnt just like an airplane with no outer covering or like a jet pack in a way

  • Juliano Toporoski May 26, 2008, 9:19 AM

    Carbon fiber, folding wings, end plates, four jet engines.. What an awesome project!

  • alphonso richardson June 6, 2008, 7:22 AM

    So BLOODY cool!!!

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