Channel crossing: Rocketman is finally flying.

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  1. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Jetpack Channel crossing

    A Swiss daredevil is aiming to become the first person to fly solo across the English Channel using a jetpack.

    Yves Rossy, a former military pilot, will launch himself from a plane at more than 8,200ft (2,500m), and hopes to complete the 22m flight in 12 minutes, travelling at up to 125mph.
     
  2. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    He made it :D

    Bloody legend.
     

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  3. arkitect thread starter macrumors 601

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    Very nice.
    Hope this technology gets a move on.
    :D:D
     
  4. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    Typical.

    Back-mounted jetpacks become a reality at juuust the same time as the insurance industry goes belly-up. Coincidence?

    God has a sense of humour.. :p
     
  5. Antares macrumors 68000

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    That is so cool. I saw a video of it this morning. I want one. :)
     
  6. Keebler macrumors 68030

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    the little boy in me says this is fantastic. imagine a day in the future when people sling on their jetpack with some wicked future fuel, jump up, take off and go visit their folks for the weekend or their honey.

    you've seen radar pictures of the globe showing all the planes in the air...can you imagine the dots if people were flying by themselves :) that would be very cool.
     
  7. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Okay, that's cool, but I don't think it should really count as a record until he can do it by taking off standing on solid ground. Maybe he could just leap off the cliffs of Dover to get started...
     
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    And leave us not forget James Bond, in Thunderball.

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