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"Jetman" makes first public U.S. appearance at AirVenture

Yves Rossy the "Jetman". (Photo by: Rama/Wikimedia Commons).
Yves Rossy the "Jetman". (Photo by: Rama/Wikimedia Commons).

OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - A Swiss pilot who flies with only a jet pack on his back is making his first public U.S. performances this week at the EAA AirVenture Show in Oshkosh.

Yves Rossy is nicknamed the “Jetman.” He jumped out of a helicopter Tuesday, and glided with a six-foot carbon fiber wing and four Jet Cat engines attached to his back.

The 53-year-old Rossy weighs 330 pounds when all his equipment is attached. Otherwise, he’s a tall and slim 150 pounds.

He only carries about 8 to 10 minutes worth of fuel, and no instruments except for an altimeter and a watch.

Rossy says many people have been inspired by birds as they try to fly – and he considers himself “a bird with a fixed wing.” He has flown across the English Channel and over the Grand Canyon, but he said it was thrill to fly in front of thousands of people at the EAA – which he calls the “Super Bowl of Aviation.”

In case you missed it, Rossy will perform again during the afternoon airshows Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. 

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