Watch Two Men in Jetpacks Soar High Above Dubai
Dubai has been called an ultimate playground – the pinnacle of luxury living, home of the world’s tallest skyscraper, and witness to many of earth’s greatest supercars. But two men are proving that Dubai’s real playground is a bit more elevated than most would have access to. Those men are ‘jetman’ Yves Rossy and ace skydiver Vince Reffet. The pair have suited up with jetpacks – specially designed by Rossy – and in a stunning show of aerial videography have been flying high above the United Arab Emirates, overlooking the Liwa desert, sky-scraping Burj Khalifa, and Palm Jumeirah Islands. An ultimate playground indeed, take a peek. RELATED: This Jet Boat Was Used to Rescue Russian Astronauts in the '60s
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Ever since his days in the Swiss Air Force, Rossy notes he has been fascinated with the concept of the engine-powered human jetpack. Unsurprisingly it has taken two decades of work and numerous prototypes to get to his current winged jetpack, which weighs in at 120 lbs., spans 6.5 feet, and sports four Jetcat P200 turbine engines.
At full chat, Rossy and Reffet can hit an incredible 186 mph top speed upon descent and average 124 mph while wafting acrobatically through the sky.
It’s a surreal sight to behold and one that Rossy sums up quite brilliantly. “We are in an element of nature – air – and that element we have to respect, like we respect nature. We are just lucky guys that we can play in that element for some small moments.”
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