Jetman Completes Jet Pack Flight over Japan’s Mount Fuji
November 7th, 2013
We’ve talked about Swiss daredevil Yves Rossy several times since he began making flights using a wing powered by jet engines strapped to his back. In the past he’s flown his backpack wing in formation with a fighter jet, jumped from a hot air balloon and completed a loop wearing his backpack wing.
Rossy recently completed another flight when he flew over the Japanese landmark of Mount Fuji.
This was his first flight in Asia. He used his carbon-Kevlar jet wing mounted to his back and flew around the mountain to celebrate its designation as a world heritage site.
The backpack wing Rossy uses can reach speeds of up to 190 mph. The flight speed is controlled by a hand held throttle. The wingsuit can fly to an altitude of 12,000 feet and travel 9.3 miles before running out of fuel. He then returns to the ground using a parachute when he runs out of fuel.