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ENGINEERING • AVIA • Jetman Yves Rossyhttp://goo.gl/xiePE
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The ultimate dream of flight — soaring through the air, with total freedom in all three dimensions, not within a heavy and complicated machine but with only one’s body and sensations — a dream everybody had at least once in their life. His wings: an eight-foot-wide, carbon-fiber wing of his own invention. His propulsion system: kerosene-fueled jet turbines. His air speed: almost 200 miles-per-hour. Who is ready to try it out?
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Practicing the flying is probably ok, but practicing the landing?!?!?! >.>
 
voar voar, alçar voo livre... aventura total pura adrenalina
 
I like how he's working on a prototype that can take off from the ground (without air drop). Amazing stuff.
 
Icare is back ! hope he won't burn his wings..
 
Hellz yeah! That would be awesome :D
 
This is cool! Ten years from now Red Bull will have this as one of their aerial events.
 
This is what Leonardo da Vinci dreamed of, some hundreds years ago... and now we have the technology to create it. Isn't it WONDERFUL?!?
 
Yves Rossy deservedly is given credit for achieving the first sustainable jet-propelled flight using a "flying suite".

But allow me to disagree strongly with giving him credit for accomplishing "The ultimate dream of flight — soaring through the air, with total freedom in all three dimensions, not within a heavy and complicated machine but with only one’s body and sensations" because:

1-He wears a jet engine..A JET ENGINE! this is THE most complicated machine present on-board an airplane,
and even if he is not within a heavy and complicated machine he is irrefutably carrying one on his back and keeping it in place by squashing his balls.

2-What he does is not soaring; here is the definition of Soaring from dictionary.com:
Maintain height in the air without flapping wings or using engine power: "the gulls soared on the winds".
So, this also discards Da Vinci from qualifying for such an honor since that his attempt, the "Ornithopter", was basically a flapping-magnifying machine that lacked a proper distinguishing between lift and thrust.

3-This "dream" was achieved in 1891 and repeated for more than 2000 times by the man whose books were the Wright brothers' bible:
Otto Lilienthal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_Lilienthal)

I apologize for getting a bit over zealous defending this guy.
But this whole situation is like giving credit to "Metallica" for the incredibly awesome intro of "Unfogiven II" (which is a good song and that's why the metaphor fits fine) but! you simply never heard "Iron Maiden - Children of the damned" that preceded it with 10 years. ; )
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