May 17th, 2008

The Future of Flight by Yves Rossy

by Andrew dela Serna

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Could this be the future of air travel? Yves Rossy definitely thinks so. Rossy, a former fighter pilot, took five years to perfect his flying contraption. All his hard work pays off during his maiden flight on May 15, 2008. He zooms and spins in the sky and over the Swiss-effin-alps like there’s no tomorrow. *Kinda* reminds me of a certain character in Toy Story, but to hell with that. He’s way cooler. What I would give to be in his shoes, or wings, right now.

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Video after the jump.

Update:
On Septebmer 26, 2008, Yves Rossy traveled 22 miles across the English Channel on his homemade jet wing, tracing the route that Frenchman Louis Bleriot followed in 1909 when he became the first man to cross the channel on an airplane. The trip took a mere 13 minutes, but Rossy’s daring feat will likely be remembered throughout history as the most badass. Ever.

Here’s a video of his amazing accomplishment:

Posted in Gadgets


  1. 13 Comments

  2. the jester-in-exile said...

    i’ll wait until antigravity skateboards become available. :D

    May 17, 2008

  3. jehzlau said...

    this is one of the best ways to commit suicide… :)

    May 18, 2008

  4. Massa P. said...

    Hmm… it might help me to get to work on time. :P

    May 30, 2008

  5. jol said...

    It would be much funnier if he had landing gear.

    Sep 26, 2008

  6. ilov3cindy said...

    landing with a parachute sucks

    Sep 26, 2008

  7. Certs said...

    Hey look! Buzz Lightyear!

    Sep 26, 2008

  8. Lucas said...

    to infinity…and beyond!!!!!!!!

    Sep 26, 2008

  9. jojo miranda said...

    way to go man !!! iron man eat your hearts out!

    Sep 27, 2008

  10. Rick Reno said...

    As a Pilot myself just watching you caused my saliva glands to work overtime. Man what a rush – I would so love to fly that thing. just think a four jet engine private aircraft because that is an aircraft and one hell of an aircraft at that. This thing is a First for Man made personal transportation at it most basic – Just like a bird. I am so Jealous…

    Oct 13, 2009

  11. jones maddox said...

    Brilliant, whyis there not more about this in print or on the tube?? How does he start the engined? What if an outboard quits? Does he start up in the aircraft?? W@here can onr get the engines?? Cost?? All questions, This man is no fool. Why is not the USAF and Army notnutty over this???? Let us see more. My congratulations to you sir. Major USAF…..

    Oct 5, 2010


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