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WATCH: High fliers - Two men wearing jet-suits take to the skies alongside an Airbus A380

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 06/11/2015 | 14:41

The two jet-men can be seen flying behind the passenger plane
Credit: YouTube/X Dubai
The two jet-men can be seen flying behind the passenger plane Credit: YouTube/X Dubai
One of the jet-men hovers above the aeroplane Credit: YouTube/XDubai
One of the jet-men using his 2 metre wings Credit:YouTube/XDubai

Frightened of flying? Then you probably won't be a candidate for trying out this alternate form of sky travel.

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Two stunt men, Yves Rossy and Vince Reffet of the 'Jetman Team' were filmed flying alongside an Emirates A380, the world's largest passenger plane in the skies above Dubai.

The video shows the fearless duo reaching speeds of 120 mph using their jet-packs while soaring 4,000 feet above the ground.



A helicopter brought the two men to a position above the aeroplane where they commenced their stunt.

Their custom-made jet-suits weigh almost 55kg and have a wing span of nearly 2 metres.

"I come from a background of piloting commercial aircraft and it was always a dream to fly without the constraints of being inside a cockpit.

"Vince and I are thrilled to partner with Emirates and would like to thank them for helping us turn yet another dream into reality.

"It was absolutely surreal flying alongside the biggest aircraft there is and we felt like mosquitoes beside a gigantic eagle," Rossy said

Reffet said he was very thankful to be part of something so incredible.

"We spent a long time preparing, going over every tiny detail in the quest for perfecting our first formation flight with the Emirates A380 aircraft.

"It is incredibly humbling to be a part of what is such a significant achievement for Dubai and the Jetman team," he said.

The daredevils flew over iconic landmarks such as the Palm Jumeriah and the Burj Khalifa during their journey.

The incredible video has been viewed over 4 million times.

You can view jaw-dropping footage from behind the scenes here:




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