Today, Swiss pilot Yves Rossy, also called “Fusion man”, has successfully completed his solo flight across the English Channel using his single, jet-propelled wing.
Yves Rossy has served as a fighter pilot in the Swiss Air Force, flying Dassault Mirage IIIs, Northrop F-5 Tiger IIs and Hawker Hunters. He also flew Boeing 747s for Swissair and now pilots an Airbus for Swiss International Air Lines.
He developed and built the winged pack with rigid carbon-fiber wings with a span of about 8 feet (2.4 m), and four small kerosene-burning Jet-Cat jet engines under the wings. These engines are large versions of a type designed for model airplanes. He wears a heat-resistant suit similar to that of a firefighter or racing driver to protect him from the hot jet exhaust.
Visit his website at http://www.jet-man.com