"Jet Man" Crosses English Channel Like a Human Rocket:
Kate Ravilious in York, United Kingdom
for National Geographic News
September 26, 2008
Yves Rossy, aka Jet Man, zoomed into the record books Friday, flying across the English Channel strapped to a single jet-powered wing, with only a helmet and flight suit for protection.
The 22-mile (35-kilometer) France-to-England journey took 13 minutes.
Around 2 p.m., local time, Rossy leaped from a plane abound 8,200 feet (2,500 meters) above a beach near Calais. Within seconds he had opened his wing, fired up his four miniature jet turbines, and pointed his nose toward Britain.
Cruising at speeds of over 125 miles (200 kilometers) an hour, Rossy steered by just moving his head and back.
After a smooth crossing—followed by a few celebratory loops—Rossy opened his parachute system and floated down to a green field not far from the White Cliffs of Dover (see map).
"With that crossing I showed it is possible to fly a little bit like a bird. I am full of hope there will be many in the near future," Rossy said after landing, according to Britain's Guardian newspaper.
What next? IRON MAN?