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Man has to postpone solo jet-wing flight

DOVER, England, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A man who was due to step out of a light plane more than 8,000 feet above France and jet-wing the 22 miles across to Dover, England, had to call off the feat.

Yves Rossy, a 49-year-old former fighter pilot, on Thursday had to postpone the death-defying feat because of poor visibility, The Daily Telegraph reported.

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"I have only one life and I do not want to lose it," Rossy said. "Sometimes it is hard to say no but the visibility is not so good.

He added, "I follow the little bees in my body and they say no."

Rossy said he will re-consider Friday whether to make the jump.

Once he makes the trip, he will fly at speeds up to 187 miles per hour. He will make the 12-minute trip by using his own body to steer and use four tiny jets to rocket over the 22-mile sea stretch to Dover.

If successful, Rossy will be the first person in history to have carried out a solo, jet-propelled flight over the 22-mile route.

He has taken six years to develop his jet wing and has been practicing for months, the newspaper reported.

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