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Published on May 3, 2012
Yves 'Jetman' Rossy continues to push the boundaries of aviation - this time, by successfully completing a flight under a sunny sky over the city of Rio de Janeiro. Yves Rossy, the only person to fly with a rigid wing equipped with four jet engines, dropped from a helicopter over Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, where he stabilised the wing and headed full throttle north to circumvent Corcovado. He then tracked south of the city to fly alongside Ipanema, Copacabana, and Sugar Loaf Mountain, before pulling his parachute and safely landing on the infamous Copacabana beach.
Rossy's carbon-kevlar Jetwing has four engines attached, which each offer a thrust of 22kg, propelling the Swiss aviator at between 200-300kph, controlled by a simple throttle in his hand. The rest of the controls are left to the human-fuselage, Yves Rossy himself who simply usages his shoulders, body and legs to steer, pitch and descend.
Rossy's previous aerial feats include flying in formation with two L-39c Albatros Jets over the Alps, flying across the English Channel and looping the loop around a hot-air balloon