Swiss aviator Yves “Jetman” Rossy had already taken his custom-built jetsuit – really wearable suit with jet-engine powered wings – over some of the world’s most awe-inspiring places. This time he flew over and around one of Japan’s most iconic landmarks, Mount Fuji. Rossy, with a 60-kilogram (132-pound) jet kit strapped on his back, circled the Japan’s highest and most revered mountain nine times over a period of one week ending last Sunday.
“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 on Wednesday. Each flight had lasted around 10 minutes, where Rossy dived from a helicopter and flew as high as 3,657 meters (12,000 feet) around the vicinity of the mountain and parachuted back to earth from an altitude of around 800 meters. Rossy is a seasoned aviator and is currently a captain with Swiss International Air Lines on sabbatical leave. The Swiss aviator said that the 3,776-meter Mt. Fuji had been an awe-inspiring location to fly around. “It’s really impressive,” Rossy said. “It’s a perfect form, a huge mountain, a huge volcano, a presence that you can feel on ground and also in the air.”
The Swiss pilot had designed and built the “jetman” system that he uses on his own. Rossy designed it as a backpack with carbon-fiber wings spanning about two meters, powered by four attached jet engines modified from large model aircraft engines. The jetman backpack can reach speeds of 300 kilometers (185 miles) per hour. Rossy had already taken his “jetman” act to a few of the most amazing locations around the globe that he can fly in. In previous stunts, Rossy had crossed the English Channel, flown over the Grand Canyon and soared above the scenic Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. He had also flown in formation with jet airplanes and a Spitfire fighter.
[via The Telegraph]