Yves Rossy, a former Swiss jet fighter pilot, inventor and aviation enthusiast, the first person to achieve sustained human flight using a jet-powered fixed wing strapped to his back, completed an eight minute flight over the Grand Canyon on Saturday.
The 52-year-old known as Jet Man, Rocket Man or Fusion Man, was launched from a helicopter at 2,440 meters above the Grand Canyon, skimming the rockscape at speeds of up to 300 km per hour, reports Swiss Info.
The Swiss daredevil’s first flight occurred in November 2006 in Bex, lasting nearly six minutes and nine seconds. He later successfully flew across the English Channel on 26 September 2008 in 10 minutes (9 minutes 7 seconds), reaching a speed of 299 km/h (186 mph) during the crossing.
Later in 2008, he made a flight over the Alps, reaching a top descent speed of 304 km/h (189 mph) and a top average speed of 124 mph.
On 5 November 2010, he flew a new version of his jet-powered flight system and successfully performed two aerial loops before landing via parachute. He was launched from a hot air balloon at 2,400 meters (7,900 feet) and flew a total of 18 minutes before landing.
The 120-lb. (54 kg) device, which Rossy wears on his back, averages 125 mph and has a two meter wing span. He sends fuel to four engines with a slight roll of the hand.