Yves Rossy is a Swiss aviator and the inventor of a lightweight carbon composite, jet-powered wing. With the wing strapped to his back, he was the first person to fly solo across the English Channel using a jetpack. His latest record attempt was to fly from Africa to Europe.
The jet-propelled wing that Rossy designed has a span of more than 2m (6½ ft) and it lets him travel at speeds of up to 220 km/h (138 mph). After his successful crossing of the channel between France and England in 2008, he decided on two more goals… to cross the Straits of Gibraltar and to fly over the Grand Canyon.
On November 25, 2009 Rossy tumbled out of a small plane off the coast of Morocco and set his sights on the shores of Spain, a distance of 38 km (23 miles) away. It was suppose to be the first ever transcontinental flight of its kind. However, not long into the flight, the weather turned bad and Rossy was forced to ditch into the North Atlantic. He plans to try again in 2010.
Check out the links to learn more about this incredible adventurer.
Jet Man - Homepage
N. Atlantic Crossing - Video 1 & Video 2