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tlr online
17-05-08, 17:03
Playing to a mesmerized audience, Swiss pilot and adventurer (some might say nutcase) Yves Rossy has soared above the Alps with homemade jet-powered wings strapped to his back.

Rossy, an extreme sports guy who has spent years assembling his wings, casually stepped out of an airplane at 7,500 feet, unfolded the wings and quickly passed from free fall to mellow glide. He then fired up the wings' engines and accelerated to more than 180 mph.

As if that weren't cool enough, Rossy showed off a bit, making a few dives, some figure eights and a 360-degree barrel roll before landing at an airfield near Lake Geneva.

"That was to impress the girls," he said after the five-minute flight.

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Lara's home
17-05-08, 17:05
That is impressive. :cool:

remote91
17-05-08, 17:05
Wow. That was awesome! Must have been scary though.

Inkheart
17-05-08, 17:26
I want those wings! I bet he got such an adrenaline rush!

Rivendell
17-05-08, 17:38
Careful Yves, don't fly too close to the sun! :eek:

Seriously impressive :tmb:

Larapink
17-05-08, 17:53
I saw something about this on GMTV a few days ago. It looks awesome, it's like something from James Bond or from Halo. :)

Nannonxyay
17-05-08, 17:57
I saw this on Have I Got News For You last night. :vlol: I'm terrified of heights, but I wouldn't mind having one.

sjam_raider
17-05-08, 19:43
Wow :yik: that looks so fun!

Cochrane
17-05-08, 21:52
And that right after I came out of the cinema watching Ironman...