Thursday, 15 May 2008

Is it a bird?...Is it a Man? - It's Jet-man!

Yves Rossy, a former Swiss Airforce pilot, has finally achieved Leonardo Da Vinci's greatest fantasy and can fly through the air! Yves has been involved with this project for over seven years and his latest flying wing now has four model jet engines attached to it. Surprisingly he has no standard flight controls, but uses subtle changes in his body position to control the flightpath. Yves and his flying wing have reached speeds of up to 200km an hour and have even managed to climb slightly. He plans to do some further modifications, which will allow him to do aerobatics and even take off by himself. For those lucky enough to have a reasonable Internet connection, with no Telkom latency issues, here is a YouTube video of Yves Rossy.

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