When I was staying with my brother’s family a few years back, he showed me a bunch of videos of Yves Rossy, a fellow renowned for jumping out of a plane at high altitude to fly about in a high-tech jet harness. According to Rossy’s wikipedia page: “He is the first person to achieve sustained human flight using a jet-powered fixed wing strapped to his back.”
I was left in awe at the man’s courage to try out new technology, but with it came many questions related to the business end of these jumps. However, this was answered when I saw all of the numerous sponsorship badges on his suit. Yep, it all costs money and without the means to finance your dream, there is little chance to achieve great heights. (pun intended) Thankfully for Yves, he’s managed to inspire others to finance this amazing endeavor.
Anyway, the following lengthy youtube video is an Italian article about one of Rossy jumps. I couldn’t help but giggle at how much the presenter uses his hands while talking and can’t help but wonder how many eyes he put out during his career. Enjoy the following video featuring Yves Rossy, Jet Man.