Ah, the jetpack. Science fiction dreams of it for a while now. The first jet pack that trully deserved its name was a star at the opening of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and it had everyone buzzing about it. However, that thing could only fly for about 20 – 30 seconds. This time a man called Yves Rossy took it a bit further. His youtube channel proudly proclaims “We mark a new milestone in the chapter of human flight.”
It’s worth noting that Yves’ jetpack doesn’t enable him to take off on his own. He has to drop out of airplane just like a parachuter. This gives him the velocity needed to fly because his jetpack with wings is basically a small airplane with four small jet engines. Only there is no airplane body. The pilot (or jetman as Yves prefers to be called) is attached to the wings instead.
Yves is a Swiss man who already flew his jetpack over the Grand Canyon, Alps and Mount Fuji. This time, winged by his protege Vince Reffet, he took to Dubai. Together they fly under the name “Young Feathers”. In this video you can see them fly above the Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa and the palm Jumeirah. This huge palm shaped peninsula is entirely man made.
As a point of interest, the word “jumeirah” means “hot coals”. This is the name that locals gave the entire Dubai beach because the sun makes the sand so hot that it feels like walking on hot coals. Having that in mind the jetpack does seem a better option than walking on the beach. Not to mention that very few other options can give you such views of the Dubai.
Yves and Vince made an HD video of their amazing flight over Dubai and (surprise, surprise) the video went viral. Over two million people looked at this video in the first two days. See what you think of it.