Thursday 23 November 2017

Jetman flies in front of Mount Fuji

Yves Rossy, known as the Jetman, flies by Mount Fuji in Japan (AP/Katsuhiko Tokunaga, Breitling)
Yves Rossy, known as the Jetman, flies by Mount Fuji in Japan (AP/Katsuhiko Tokunaga, Breitling)

Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy has completed a flight near famous Japanese landmark Mount Fuji in his custom-built jet suit, his first such flight in Asia.

Rossy, also known as Jetman, performed his stunt on the carbon-Kevlar jetwing with four engines to mark Mount Fuji's designation as a World Heritage Site.

A total of nine flights took place from October 28 to November 3.

Rossy is able to propel himself through the sky at upwards of 190 miles per hour, controlling his jet suit with a throttle in his hand.

He can go as high as 12,000 feet (3,657 metres) and travel as far as 15 kilometres (9.3 miles)

Since 2004, the 54-year-old extreme sports enthusiast has rocketed over the English Channel, the Swiss Alps and the Grand Canyon in his wing suit .

The carbon jet wings are 55 kilograms in weight, holding four engines weighing 22 kilograms, and can fly for 10 minutes.

Rossy needs to jump off a helicopter to fly and make a landing with a parachute. The wing does not have enough power to pull itself up from the ground on its own.

The next challenges for Rossy are firstly a flight from a cliffside catapult and then training the next generation Jetman.

Press Association

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