OT: rocket man

for all you flyers!!
http://jet-man.com/playervideo.swf?video=jetman2007.flv

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Totally Amazing, but it ges to prove what my flight instructor used to say. If you had fire coming out of your ass, you too could fly.
Love it.
BG

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Real neat... Made me think of Icarus...... http://thanasis.com/icarus.htm Even more info on Jet-man can be found at: http://www.jet-man.com / A less choppy link on my computer is: http://www.jet-man.com/actuel.html and a neat video is there, too...but it is about fighter jet flying... http://www.jet-man.com/biographie.html The company website is for a scale model jet engine company. http://www.jetcatusa.com / At first I thought they were rockets, but the website cleared that up. I like the way his wings folded for the parachute return. That looks like a lot of fun, and a real workout. I was trying to imagine his control inputs to fly the thing. Imagine a backbend to do up elevator. Jeff (and I don't even want to think about 30 degree's down flaps..<lol>..) Rice
(Here's the web page translated to English).... 2006: a rival for Batman Obsessed by the myth of Icare the men tried to fly like the birds; failing to reach that point, of the pioneers flying machines built in which they were locked up to control them. M by the desire to always be a bird the man developed, these last decades, of the apparatuses enabling him to fly while benefitting from the ascending currents as in the hang glider and parapente, or gliding flight going down with winged combinations or small rigid wings on the back. However nobody is not unaware of that since 1939, human could really fly while springing and while moving in the airs at will: its name is BATMAN hero of comic strips whose creator is Bob Kane. Today, Batman can leave its page of paper and the movie screens to fly over the Alps Suisses, thanks to Yves Rossy who carried out the great dream of Lonard De Vinci. In the line of its many predecessors flying men, this Switzerland impassioned of flight since always, after having flown on Mirage III with the army, then as commander on Airbus, not only designed and developed wings which enable him to fly, but it also built them and tested during these seven last years. Finally since the last autumn, the dream became reality thanks to four mini-engines assembled under its wings, which propel it to more than 200 km/h to the attack of the tops. During the flight, the body of Yves becomes that of a bird, and except a handle of the gazs, it does not control its wing, but truly STEALS it, thanks to some light movements of its body, just like do it the birds. And like Batman, when it flies beside planes which accompany it, when it puts the gazs, the latter can only look at it disappearing in the azure... The main thing is made, but there remain some stages to be crossed until takeoff, the lifting figures, the vertical rises and the participation in the next air demonstrations. Yves is not not very proud to have arrived only and with the assistance of his friends, with this decisive goal that everyone judged unrealistic. For the next stages, it will need partners and support, which should not miss, taking into account the interest and of the enormous potential of the project. Interested by a partnership? JET-MAN "the first flying man with reaction of the history of aviation". video The logical continuation after the success of the wings on the back to plane better and better, and to carry out the secret dream to fly like "Superman" or "Rocketeer", it was of course to motorize the wing, to try to become the first "flying man with reaction"! Already at the end of 2002, Yves had contacted the German company "Jet-Cat", leader world of the manufacturers of engines for the scale models of aeroplane, and had made them share of its intention to mount turbines on its wings. For still improving its performance, the aerodynamics of the wing was improved and its scale was increased with 3 meters. And due to lack of rigidity to the inflatable structure, Yves left Prospective Concepts and flies since the beginning of 2004 of his own wings, built out of carbon by "ACT Composites" in Geneva, and are foldable, for always being usable since a small plane (Pilatus Porter). And finally on June 24, 2004 with 19h30 with the third flight of the day, (sixime flight motorized) Yves leaves the footboard of Pilatus to 4000 meters with the top of the aerodrome of Yverdon, fall a few seconds before drawing the small lever from opening from its wings to leave in gliding flight; 2500 mtres/sol, always in planed, it starte the sequence of starting of its two engines, awaits about thirty seconds until their stabilization and can finally "put the gazs" to increase the push... and there it is the dream! Level flight, with 1600 mtres/sol, in patrol with Pilatus, during nearly 4 minutes with 180 Km/h! Since this first, Yves carried out more than 30 motorized flights, helped by his team to improve this first prototype, which enabled him to make flights up to 6 minute 30", with very a light rate of rise. The potential foreseen with this first motorized wing is enormous and only asks to be explored! It is this development of a second wing with upward performances and lifting figures, which currently occupies Yves! Without speaking about the future possibilities of takeoff...! Thanks to its professional approach of the aviation which it applies to its tests: "to always have a plan B"! And helped of a simulation by computer come from the polytechnic school from Lausanne, Yves ensures a very high level of SAFETY in this project, which should encourage the SPONSORS that it seeks to make him confidence! video "simulation" Moreover, this research project is for the benefit of an authorization of the Federal Office of the Civil aviation (OFAC) Swiss, and insurance RC which is dependent for him! Make contact for more details and take part in this beautiful adventure of the human flight!
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Holy Shit!
Big balls and tiny brains to do that so close to the rocks and dirt.
Looks like he got away with it - I would be Vewwy afwaid of aysymmetric thrust if one of the propulsion units failed.
Mark (Jumped out of a perfetlyy good airplane?!?) Dunning
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