Yves Rossy is considered as the first person ever completed sustained human flight with the help of a jet-powered fixed wing strapped to his back (a jet pack, in other words).
He’s the real-life equivalent of George Jetson, but he calls himself the Jet Man. Proving everyone that he deserves such a nickname, Rossy performed one more dangerous stunt, this time by flying over the Swiss Alps launched himself from the side of a helicopter before taking his place alongside the two jets high above the Alps.
The man reached the skies wearing a 120lb custom-built jet suit over the Alps in formation with the Breitling jet team.
Â The jet suit was provided with a six-foot wing span and was fitted with four engines that allowed him to pick up speeds in excess of 125mph.
Â The video shows Rossy jumping out of a helicopter wearing the suit before firing it up and accelerating through the sky after what he lined-up with the two Albatross jets.
After his flight over the Alps he safely parachuted to the ground. Well, what about other speeds?
267mph – Bugatti Veyron, fastest car, which goes from 0-60 in 2.5 seconds and can be sold at the price of about $1.7 million (ÂŁ1.03 million).
75mph â€“ is the speed that can gather the cheetah – the fastest animal in the world.
2,193 mph – absolute speed record set by the Lockheed SR-71 ‘Blackbird’, a Mach 3+ strategic reconnaisance aircraft which was at the disposal of the US Air Force from 1964 to 1998. It is considered to be the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft ever built.
298mph – the CRH380A train – fastest train in the world by which you can get from Shanghai to Nanjing and Hangzhou.
23.35mph – Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man. Who set Olympic record time of 9.58 seconds for the 100m spring, his average ground speed equates to 23.35mph.
145mph – the mandibles of the trap-jaw ant has the fastest predatory strike in the animal world, according to a research of the University of California Berkeley.
150mph – the fastest rollercoaster, the Formula Rossa at Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi.
By the way, Mr Rossy, who served for the Swiss air force for 17 years, has become the first man ever flight with a jet-propelled wing in November 2006. This flight gave him such nicknames as Jet Man, Rocket Man and Fusion Man.
His first flight lasted nearly six minutes and nine seconds. Â Later Yves flew across the English Channel on 26 September 2008 in 9 minutes 7 seconds, reaching a speed of 299 km/h (186 mph) during the crossing.
Moreover, in 2008, he made a flight over the Alps, reaching a top descent speed of 304 km/h (189 mph) and an average speed of 124 mph.
In 2009, Rossy tried to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, hoping to be the first person flight between two continents with the help of a jetpack. He jumped from a small plane about 1,950 m (6,500 ft) above Tangier in Morocco in the direction of Atlanterra in Spain. Unfortunately, because of strong winds and banks of cloud, Rossy ditched into the sea, to be picked up ten minutes later by his support helicopter 3 miles from the Spanish coast.
Yves served as a fighter pilot in the Swiss Air Force, flying Dassault Mirage IIIs, Northrop F-5 Tiger IIs and Hawker Hunters. He flew Boeing 747s for Swissair. As of 2008, he was flying for Swiss International Air Lines. [Header photo by Andre Bernet; story via The Telegraph (UK)]