'Jetman' flies near Mount Fuji

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by Associated Press

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Posted on November 7, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy has completed a flight near the iconic Japanese landmark, Mount Fuji, in his custom-built jet suit, his first such flight in Asia.

Rossy, also known as "Jetman" performed his stunt on the carbon-Kevlar jetwing with four engines celebrating Mount Fuji's designation as a world heritage site.

A total of nine flights took place from October 28th to November 3rd.

Rossy is able to propel himself through the sky at upwards of 190 miles per hour (306 kilometres per hour), controlling his jet suit with a throttle in his hand.

He can go as high as 12,000 feet (3,657 meters) and travel as far as 15 kilometres (9.3 miles)

Since 2004, the 54-year-old extreme sports enthusiast has rocketed over the English Channel, the Swiss Alps, and the Grand Canyon in his wing suit.

He said Mount Fuji was beautiful in its presence and its form.

The carbon jet wings are 55 kilogrammes (121 pounds) in weight, holding four engines weighing 22 kilogrammes (48.5 pounds), and can fly for 10 minutes.

Rossy needs to jump off a helicopter to fly and make a landing with a parachute. The wing does not have enough power to pull itself up from ground on its own.

The next challenges for Rossy are firstly a flight from a cliffside catapult and then training the next generation Jetman.

Rossy's message in making these stunt flights around the world at iconic locations is to send a message that people must "hold on to their dreams" and to do what people think is impossible.

 

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