Swiss ‘Jetman’ takes joyride around Mount Fuji


Swiss aviator Yves “Jetman” Rossy, whose jet-engine powered wings have taken him over some of the world’s most awe-inspiring places, has added another — Japan’s Mount Fuji.

“It’s a fantastic privilege to be a little mosquito flying in front of that big mountain,” the 54-year-old former Swiss air force pilot said Wednesday. Rossy, with a 60-kilo kit strapped on his back, circled the country’s highest and most revered mountain nine times over one week until last Sunday. In each flight lasting about 10 minutes, he dived from a helicopter, soared as high as 3,657 metres (12,000 feet) and parachuted back to earth from an altitude of around 800 metres.

Rossy designed and built his own jetman system — a backpack with carbon-fibre wings spanning about two metres, powered by four attached jet engines modified from large model aircraft engines.

 

 

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