Yves "Jetman" Rossy Becomes First Person To Do A Loopty-Loop With Rocket Pack On
Seen here reaching for the sky (or ground rather), 51-year old Yves "Jetman" Rossy successfully performed some rocket-powered aerial acrobatics last Friday, including the often tried, but rarely succeeded without crashing into the ground and dying "loopty-loop".
In his latest endeavour the 51-year-old airline pilot was taken to an altitude of 2,400m by a hot air balloon before jumping out and firing up his jet-pack.
He then flew for a few minutes to stabilise his wings, before flying two aerial loops and parachuting back to Earth 18 minutes later...
A statement on the Jetman.com website added: "This flight has been achieved with Yves Rossy's new wing, smaller (2 meters instead of 2.5 meters) and without unfoldable parts.
"This new prototype, designed by Yves and the RUAG Company, possesses a better aerodynamic profile and more stability.
Congratulations, Yves, on becoming the first man to perform tricks with a jetpack on. Please step forward to accept your award. HAHA -- just kidding! You haven't seen the Iron Man movies, have you?
Hit the jump for a video of the high flyer in action.