Yves Rossy and Vince Reffet made headlines with the Jetman Dubai flight. The jumpers soared over the big city like a superhero with a jet-powered wings, flying at 125 miles per hour.
In 2006, Yves Rossy became the first man in the history of aviation to fly with a jet-propelled wing.
Born on August 27th, 1959 in Switzerland, his future was determined whilst attending an airshow as an impressionable 13 year-old. After successfully completing training as a military pilot, he flew the Hawker Hunter and later the Mirage III. After his career in the Air Force, he worked as a commercial airline Captain with Swiss International Air Lines on both Boeing and Airbus airliners.
Yves has always dedicated himself to experimental flight in all its forms. His dream has always been to fly in the purest form possible by minimising the constraints of enclosure in an aircraft shell. Drawn initially to the world of free fall, he experimented with ways in which to increase his flight time and enhance his ability to select his trajectory; essentially moving away from falling towards flight: sky surfing and wingsuiting only whet his appetite further. Still not satisfied, he developed his first real wing, comprising a rigid harness integrated into inflatable wing panels, that he strapped to his back. This surpassed all other innovation in prolonging free fall but was still not close enough to his goal of human flight.