by Mike Krumboltz
"No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings." That's what the poet William Blake wrote many years ago. Until recently, the line was just one of those metaphorical dealios, but now, thanks to a brave inventor, it can be read far more literally.
A Swiss aviation enthusiast named Yves Rossy has done what the rest of us only dream of. He has invented his own jet-powered flying suit. And, unlike the ones we made out of cardboard, his actually works.
Rossy, aka "Fusion Man," recently gave a performance for the astonished public and press. He soared high above the Alps at 186 mph, doing loops, flips, and figure eights. According to a post from Aviation.com, the daredevil even executed a perfect 360-degree roll to "impress the girls."
Earthbound folks eager to see footage of Mr. Rossy pushed queries on "flying man" and "fusion man" into the stratosphere. For whatever reason, 91% of the searches on "yves rossy" came from males. Why are men so much more interested? We haven't a clue, but we'll let you know if the trend continues when Rossy attempts his next flight across the English Channel.
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