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Jetpacks Soar above Dubai at 120 MPH

A breathtaking video has been shot over Dubai, as ‘Jetman’ Yves Rossy and his partner soared into the skies using jet-powered wings that can accelerate up to 200kph (124mph).

On Monday, the legendary aviation enthusiast Rossy introduced his protégé, 31-year-old skydiver and base jumper Vince Reffet.

Award-winning Reffet became the second person in the world to be granted the honor of flying the Jetman wings.

The jaw-dropping footage represents the first world record the two set together: a twin human formation flight.

Over the years of his career, Rossy has used around 15 prototypes of the jet-pack, invented by him. Currently, he uses the device that weighs over 50kg (110lb), jumping out of a plane at the height of 2,100 meters (7,000 feet), then free falling to gain speed, and then starting the flight itself.

Rossy’s flights usually last for about 15 minutes, and cover over 50km.

“Jetman is the culmination of over 20 years of innovation and has resulted in achieving my personal dream to fly free, soaring through the sky,” Rossy told reporters, as quoted by Forbes.

In December, he flew a remarkable formation with an airplane over Dubai.

Rossy and Reffet reportedly plan to perform more tandem aerial flights.

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  • Citizen Quasar

    I remember a day, from my long ago youth, when America used to be first to accomplish things like this. That included landing men on the moon.

    These days, “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave” is noted for having the world’s largest prison population, for being a tyranny imposing war machine, for brain-dead morons watching sports on television, for being 63% obese.

    Yeah, I remember a day, but it is long gone, like my youth.