Yves Rossy, the famous “Jetman,”—the Swiss aviation enthusiast who stages high profile flying events with his jetpack—and his partner Vince Reffet, recently teamed up with the Breitling Wingwalkers—daredevils that stand on the wings of flying biplanes—to perform a flashy formation flight over the only place you go when you need to perform aerobatic stunts for a highly expensive boutique product: Dubai.
The flight was filmed and posted on YouTube by XDubai, a group known for filming extreme sports in and around the desert city in 4K. Previously, XDubai filmed Rossy and Reffet, collectively known as Jetman Dubai, flying in formation with an Emirates A380 commercial airliner, the largest passenger aircraft currently in service.
Jetman Dubai was started by Yves Rossy, a former Swiss Air Force fighter pilot and inventor whose signature jetpack and carbon fiber wings have become recognizable around world. The wing-suit system is comprised of a backpack housing jet engines and a carbon fiber set of wings. He’s flown with his jetpacks over the Alps, and across the English Channel, and can knock on the door of speeds up to 189 mph.
For the current aerial showcase, Jetmen number one and number two locked into formation with the Breitling Wingwalkers, a UK based team of biplanes that perform aerial displays around the world. For their own shows, the wingwalkers carry out aerial loops, inverted flying, and other aviation tricks while daredevil women execute handstands and other acrobatic maneuvers strapped to the top wing of their Boeing Stearman biplanes. According to Breitling, the walkers on the wings experience 150 mph speeds and gravity forces up to 4Gs.
The Jetmen are not quite as agile in the sky as the biplanes, however, so for this high profile event the two types of aircraft simply flew in formation over the Palm Jumeirah, (the manmade island resort in the shape of a palm tree). It was all about aesthetics and great cinematography in ultra high definition for this one.
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