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Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Swiss Rocket: Video of 'Jetman' flying over Grand Canyon

Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy on Saturday completed a flight over the Grand Canyon, in the US state of Arizona, in his custom-built jet suit - his first such flight in the U.S. Rossy performed the stunt on Saturday with little fanfare, before a small group of team members, and his sponsor, Swiss watchmaker Breitling, announced the successful flight on Tuesday and released footage.

He was airborne for about eight minutes, soaring 60 metres above the canyon rim on the Hualapai Reservation. A planned Friday flight before reporters was cancelled after Rossy determined it would be too challenging without any practice runs.

The US Federal Aviation Administration had given him the green light less than an hour before the scheduled stunt. Rossy's sponsor. Rossy flew up to 305 kilometres p/h before deploying his parachute and landing on the canyon floor.


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