facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Swiss 'Jetman' circles Mount Fuji with 'Jetwing'

Nov. 8, 2013 at 5:52 PM   |   Comments

TOKYO, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- A Swiss pilot who became known as "Jetman" when he created a working jetpack said he circled Japan's Mount Fuji in nine flights.

Yves Rossy said he and his four-engine device made a ring around the 12,389-foot-tall mountain in nine flights between Oct. 28 and Nov. 3 to celebrate Fuji's designation as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization world heritage site, the Christian Science Monitor reported Friday.

Rossy, a Swiss International Air Lines pilot and a former Swiss Air Force pilot, took his first flight over the Swiss Alps in 2008.

He said he is working on improving the design of his Jetwing to allow him to land without using a parachute. The current design is also unable to take off, leading him to jump out of a helicopter with the device for his Mount Fuji trips.

Rossy said the current design allows the Jetwing to go as fast as 125 mph.

Topics: Yves Rossy
© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Satanists want to distribute materials in Florida schools Satanists want to distribute materials in Florida schools
2
Brain tumor removed from Australian goldfish Brain tumor removed from Australian goldfish
3
Welsh mom complains of swearing Barbie doll Welsh mom complains of swearing Barbie doll
4
Homeless man gets women to take him home Homeless man gets women to take him home
5
Fugitive Jahson Marryshow busted playing ultimate frisbee Fugitive Jahson Marryshow busted playing ultimate frisbee
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback