Swiss rocketman circles Mt. Fuji in a jetpack

In Other News - November 9th, 2013

It’s not a bird, it’s not a plane, it’s Swiss pilot Yves Rossy flying around Japan’s highest peak with his jet pack.

Rossy, aptly nicknamed “Jetman”, achieved man’s greatest aspiration on Wednesday: flight.

Propelled by four jet engines strapped on his back, Rossy jumped out of a helicopter hovering around Mount Fuji in a seemingly daredevil stunt. After a short free fall, Rossy began soaring and circled the scenic mountain.

Although a frequent flier – he usually works as a captain for Swiss International Air Lines and he once flew for the Swiss Air Force – he is the only person to fly with the jet-propelled wings he designed and built himself.

“It is such a contrast flying free with just a wing on my back, compared to being enclosed in a cockpit as an airline pilot,” Rossy said in a statement.

“I am the lucky guy who gets to do this, but I hope I can motivate the next generation of forward thinkers to do something different… even if it seems impossible,” he said.

“It’s hard to describe the emotion and feeling of having an opportunity like this. It’s spiritual, it is immense.”

Rossy’s joyrides include crossing the Grand Canyon, Rio de Janeiro, and the English Channel. His latest stop in Japan, around a world heritage site, nonetheless, is a dream come true, he said.

By Maesie Bertumen

Image: Ars Electronica/Flickr