Yves Rossy is a Swiss pilot, inventor and aviation enthusiast. His jet pack has led to his being nicknamed Airman, Jetman, Rocketman and, later, Fusionman, according to his project steps.

Born in Neuchâtel, Rossy served as a fighter pilot in the Swiss Air Force, flying Dassault Mirage IIIs, Northrop F-5 Tiger IIs and Hawker Hunters. He flew Boeing 747s for Swissair, and later for Swiss International Air Lines.[2]

Rossy developed and built a system comprising a back pack with semi-rigid aeroplane-type carbon-fiber wings with a span of about 2.4 metres (7.9 ft), powered by four attached Jet-Cat P200 jet engines[3] modified from large kerosene-fueled model aircraft engines. Later in 2008, he made a flight over the Alps, reaching a top descent speed of 304 km/h (189 mph) and an average speed of 124 mph.[4][5]
Jet-powered wing

In November 2009, Rossy attempted a crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar, hoping to be the first person to fly between two continents using a jetpack. He leapt from a small plane about 1,950 m (6,500 ft) above Tangier in Morocco in the direction of Atlanterra in Spain. The flight was expected to take about a quarter of an hour but, due to strong winds and cloud banks, Rossy ditched into the sea, to be picked up ten minutes later by his support helicopter three miles from the Spanish coast. He was flown to a hospital in Jerez, and later released unhurt. The Spanish Coast Guard later retrieved the jetpack (which had a parachute and a float).[6][7][8][9]

On 5 November 2010, he flew a new version of his jet-powered flight system and successfully performed two aerial loops before landing via parachute. He launched from a hot air balloon piloted by Brian Jones at 2,400 meters (7,900 feet). [10]

Press releases by sponsors claim that on 7 May 2011, Rossy flew above the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The United States Federal Aviation Administration classified his flight system as an aircraft, waived the normal 25 to 40 hours of flight testing time, and granted him permission to perform the flight. Reporters and a Swiss news website, who had been waiting since the original flight on the day before had been canceled, were not informed so there are no independent witnesses or reports of the flight. [11][12]

He was featured on an episode of Stan Lee’s Superhumans.[13] He has also appeared on the BBC’s Top Gear where he raced Richard Hammond and Toni Gardemeister.

Gryphon’s Next-Gen Parachute System Dresses You In A Stealth Wingsuit, Lets You Fly In Undetected
Remember how cool Jetman Yves Rossy looked on his jet-powered wing? Soldiers may soon be zooming across the sky on a similar-looking wingsuit with Gryphon’s new Next Generation Parachute System.

Described as a modular upgrade for parachute systems, it can help soldiers glide across the sky during high altitude jumps. On a typical 30,000 feet drop performed by US Special Forces, the wearer can glide stealthily for up to 30 miles at around 60 mph, allowing the team to launch much further from the target destination. When fitted with a small jet engine like Rossy uses, that can easily double up to 60.

The Next Generation Parachute System consists of a 6-foot wing that provides a glide ratio of 5:1. All equipment can be hidden in a lifting body, allowing the soldier to fly in with a very low chance of showing up on any enemy radars. The wingsuits will include a guidance system and display navigation – after all, it doesn’t make sense to float up in the air with no clue where you’re going.

While it will allow soldiers to glide in undetected, there’s a problem: they’ll still need to launch a parachute in order to land. You can fool all the radars in the world as you enter the territory, but if you’re falling from the sky with a big-ass canopy, someone’s bound to catch you all the same.

According to the Gryphon, they’re trying to develop ways to perform landings without the aid of a parachute to overcome the obvious problem. Now, when they do manage that, these soldiers will literally be swooping down like Superman. Or Mighty Mouse, since his size makes him stealthier.

Regardless, I want one.