Winged Jetpackers Fly In Formation With Fighter Jets For The First Time

November 29, 2016

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Note: Actual footage, not a scene from Iron Man 7.

This is a video of jetpackers Yves Rossy, Vincent Reffet, and Fred Fugen flying in formation with the Patrouille De France, the French Air Force's precision flying team. Apparently this is the first time this has ever been done, although I would have done it much sooner if I had access to a jetpack. I would have also been the first person to attempt to breach the atmosphere with a jetpack. Amazingly, none of these three daredevils died in a fireball after attempting to mount one of the jets from behind like two eagles making love in the sky. That would have been hard to resist. I mean, you're there, the plane's jet exhaust port is right there... "Wait -- where are you going?" Where the hell do you think I'm going? "To the Air And Space Museum?" *wink and finger gun*

Keep going for the video while I bundle as many fireworks together as I can and tape them to my backpack.

Thanks to Brian A, who's more into helicopters. Hey, to each their own.

  • GeneralDisorder

    These guys just had to be getting their asses kicked by turbulence. I bet all three of them were crazy sore after this was recorded.

    Side note... The SubSonex jet exists and can go around 480 miles (that's 417 nautical or 772 km. Peak fuel efficiency of 12 mpg or 19.6 km/L which isn't terrible for a turbine engine.

  • The_Wretched

    Right, so how do they get down? I mean the planes can land but the jet pack guys don't have landing gear. I guess they could have huge parachutes? Or do they return to the helicopter?

  • Julien Prévost

    Guess they ride back into the copter.
    Or maybe their jetpacks' rockets can be oriented and progressively down-powered, so they can land like they'd do with a parachute...
    I can't imagine they have parachutes, which could force them to drop their jetpacks...

  • The_Wretched

    I'd think flying towards the helicopter blades might be exciting. Especially as the jet packs are running out of fuel.

  • Michael Knight

    there is an article about Yves Rossy, the first jetpacker, in wired. says he uses a parachute.

  • The_Wretched

    Thanks

  • Michael Knight

    three things:
    1. the jerky twitching guy in orange could learn something from the guy in yellow.
    2. turn off the sound when watching.
    3. someone buy me one for christmas.

  • Jenness

    I thought the same thing, the orange guy either was scared out of his mind or need to work out to be more like the dudes in silver and yellow (Silver was filming most of it I assume) and that they needed to do more loop de loops. Also that Dubai was branded nicely but ..also..I'd be scared to see "Dubai" flying around like that because they are obnoxiously rich and you know someone is going to strap this to his pet Tiger

  • CDW in PC

    Coming from someone who works in the field of military jet engines, this is fucking incredible...

  • Coming from someone who works in the field of making Star Wars characters for a popular mobile game, this is also incredible...

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