Swiss man soars above Alps with jet-powered wing

May 15, 2008 By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press Writer
Swiss man soars above Alps with jet-powered wing (AP)
Yves Rossy, known as the 'Fusion Man,' flies with a jet-powered single wing over the Alps in Bex, Switzerland, Wednesday, May 14, 2008. Some people go fishing on their day off. Yves Rossy likes to jump out of a small plane with a pair of jet-powered wings and perform figure eights above the Swiss Alps. The revolutionary human flying machine comes after five years of training and many more years of dreaming. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

(AP) -- A Swiss pilot strapped on a jet-powered wing and leaped from a plane Wednesday for the first public demonstration of the homemade device, turning figure eights and soaring high above the Alps.



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Mercury_01
3 / 5 (1) May 15, 2008
Now combine this with the robotic suit.
Harkonnen
not rated yet May 15, 2008
"But on this ride, even the slightest movement can cause problems. Rossy said he has to focus hard on relaxing in the air, because "if you put tension on your body, you start to swing around." '

Maybe this could be solved by placing 2 airplane tail shaped pieces on the back of his boots. Should make it more stable.

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