Video Of The Week — Jetmen Trio Fly In Formation With French Military Jets

By Meera Dolasia on December 5, 2016

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Photo Credit: Airborne Films/Jetman Dubai 2016

During the past 15 years, Yves “Jetman” Rossy has strapped on his jetpack — carbon fiber wings powered by four small engines — to conduct many heart-stopping stunts. The former Swiss Air Force pilot has soared across the Grand Canyon, circled Japan's Mt. Fuji and even flown alongside the world's largest commercial airplane, the Airbus A380. On November 25, the daredevil upped the ante when he and protégés Vince Reffet and Frédéric ‘Fred’ Fugen, flew in formation with eight Alpha Jets from the Patrouille de France, the precision aerobatics demonstration team of the French Air Force.

Photo Credit: Airborne Films/Jetman Dubai 2016

While the three men made it look easy, the stunning nine-minute flight above Saint-Christol in France was not for the faint of heart. For one, the human pilots, who ventured as close as 15 feet to the Alpha Jets, were flying at a speed of 165 mph, much faster than their standard 115 mph. There was also the issue of coordinating their movements with the eight Alpa Jets, the two helicopters that dropped them, a stunt plane and two military aircraft that were filming the historic event. Given that the human fliers were using just their body movements to remain in perfect formation, the feat required extreme concentration.

Photo Credit: Airborne Films/Jetman Dubai 2016

Though thrilled at the success of this incredible flight, Rossy, Reffet, and Fugen, are not ones to rest on their laurels. The three Jetmen are busy working on their next adventure, a stunt so daring that they are keeping it a secret until the summer — so stay tuned!

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  • Russian hackerMonday, April 24, 2017 at 9:29 am
    I love French people
    • The Dank OneWednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7:40 am
      Wow, I found this interesting!
      • AlienWednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7:39 am
        these flights are cool. not as cool as our ufo though :)
        • kcart15Friday, March 24, 2017 at 12:48 am
          nice fiying!
          • Hazeyhaze45Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 12:08 pm
            That will be cool to have won
            • iloveoldcars
              iloveoldcarsThursday, March 2, 2017 at 7:47 am
              nice
              • flamingocraft
                flamingocraftThursday, March 2, 2017 at 7:05 am
                i want to fly with that
                • chickenfriedric
                  chickenfriedricWednesday, March 1, 2017 at 10:17 am
                  wonder how it felt
                  • rockernd
                    rockerndWednesday, March 1, 2017 at 9:02 am
                    nice skills
                    • JETZFriday, February 24, 2017 at 6:14 pm
                      cool

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