We Just Wanna Fly: Jetpack Travel Soon to be Reality

Travel News — By Candice Walsh on May 23, 2011 at 9:34 am

We’re a civilization hell-bent on defying the laws of physics. So what if we can’t breathe underwater? Who cares if weren’t born with wings? All we need is an oxygen tank or a jetpack, and no animalistic trait is off-limits.

We’re one step closer to living like the Jetsons: recently, a brave man known as Yves Rossy (aka the “Jetman”) took an eight-minute jetpack flight over the Grand Canyon.

Flying at speeds up to 190 MPH, the 51-year-old Swiss man soared to epic heights of 200 feet above the canyon’s rim. If his name sounds familiar, you might know him from flying the English Channel between Britain and France in less than 10 minutes, as well as over the Swiss Alps. He’s even jumped from a hot air balloon to soar for over 18 minutes, while performing two loops for his audience.

Image: Viajar24h.com/Flickr

The crazy video footage shows Rossy zipping and zooming all over the place, and it’s enough to make you dizzy. Rossy, however, seems to be entirely lacking the “fear” gene and handles it all with grace and poise. In fact, he looks like a natural.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt_SLcR8dVU[/youtube]

This brought to mind some other epic footage from a years ago, featuring athletes participating in “Wingsuit Base Jumping” where skiers fly off over a cliff at terminal velocity, flip through the air, rip off their skis, and fly away in the wingsuit. Yep, this special jumpsuit adds surface area to the human body to keep it afloat, kinda like how a flying squirrel soars through the air. To safely land, the jumpers deployed a parachute.

Seriously. You guys are nuts.

Tags: Jetpacks, wingsuit base jumping, wingsuits, Yves Rossy

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