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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Swiss Fusion Man


Artical about Real Jet Wings.

BEX, Switzerland -- Who needs a plane when you have your own jet-powered wings?

Swiss pilot and extreme sports enthusiast Yves Rossy has spent years developing his 8-foot-long wings that are powered by four jet turbines. And he finally got to show them off on Wednesday.

There were gasps and cheers from a crowd on a Swiss mountain as Rossy, who calls himself "Fusion Man," stepped from a plane at 8,000 feet.

After gliding for a while, he fired up the four engines and flew. Rossy spent all of five minutes turning figure eights and soaring high above the Alps before his final trick, a 360-degree roll which he said was meant "to impress the girls."

He then landed at a nearby airport.

Rossy said his next goal is to use jet wings to fly across the English Channel later this year.

He told The Associated Press that he is also working on wings that will have bigger, more powerful engines that would allow him to fly through the Grand Canyon.


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