Man flies personal jet wing across English Channel


41 Responses to “Man flies personal jet wing across English Channel”

  1. padster123 says:

    @ 22

    The difference is, this is a jet-pack powered flight. The 2003 one was a wing-assisted 20 mile freefall.

  2. dave hutchinson says:

    I can’t believe no one has said this yet, but what the hell: To infinity! And beyond!
    Great stuff. Many congratulations to M. Rossy.

  3. Biscuit4 says:

    h , ws t pdstr22? My flt. Tht dd lft frm th K nd lndd n Frnc ls rght?

  4. Biscuit4 says:

    d y thnk ths gy hs rl jb?

  5. Biscuit4 says:

    cn pctr ths gy lvng hstl rl rly wrng th st nd rckt bts.

    t’s gd t hv gls gss. Nxt h’ll ttmpt t t th mst ht dgs drng flght.

    Hs mthr mst b s vry prd.

  6. jphilby says:

    “jumped out of a plane”

    Awwwww. There are the operant words. Enough power to glide, not enough to climb.

    Oh well. The dream lives on.

  7. Biscuit4 says:

    I’m still wondering where the interesting story is? and yes I did forget my meds and typed that comment ANTINOUS . You wouldn’t want to buy a bridge would you ANTINOUS?

  8. Angstrom says:

    @30 JPhilby

    This guy does have enough power to climb actually, if you check out the older videos of him you will see him drop out of a plane and then when he unfolds his wings he climbs back up to the same altitude as his drop plane. Also he does stunts like climbing over mountain ridges, etc. Lot’s of climbing

    The reason for the initial drop is because he can’t run at 100mph !
    IE the same reason he parachutes to stop, human legs != landing gear.

  9. Antinous says:


    Did you forget your meds this morning?

  10. WA says:

    Jphilby: Though I really don’t know, I think that he jumped from a plane not because there wasn’t enough power to climb, but because he didn’t have a method for taking off, much like the Bell X-1 or other experimental plane-dropped planes. The wing probably doesn’t work well at low speeds.

  11. Modusoperandi says:

    *Pbbt!* Cobra had these almost twenty-five years ago.

  12. dbarak says:

    That’s one way to avoid airport security hassles.

  13. Mojave says:

    If he’s got this, just imagine what the Pentagon has hidden away….

  14. cbuchner1 says:

    Now how much fuel would he have to carry to do Paris NewYork ?

  15. Shawn Wolfe says:

    Is that Putin flying over the Bering Strait?

    (I predict SNL will merge these two news items into one tedious and predictable “comedy skit”)

  16. stevenriedle says:

    How does he land ? I would like to see a bunch
    of them sworming the sky like the flying monkeys
    in Wizard of Oz. Truly this guy has balls with

  17. Tom Hale says:

    A very cool article. I suggested this link on the official BoingBoing Form at around 8-8:30 central this morning. I guess Jennifer Lum beat me to it. I was surprised though – I suggested the link -then throughout the day most of my feeds posted the same article.

    I originally found the story on the National Geographic site.

  18. dculberson says:

    @Mojave (#2), the Pentagon has UAVs now. They figured out that the person being at the site wasn’t as important as the camera/gun/etc. (Although I’m sure they have something like this .. right?)

    @Biscuit4, don’t taunt the moderators, buddy!

  19. Bonnie says:

    Watch out for that Sarlacc pit!

  20. jowlsey says:

    #5 A parachute is mentioned in the second sentence…

    Looks like a lot of fun. I want to try it out.

  21. ryancraig62 says:

    Looks pretty cool where can you get one

  22. Wigwam Jones says:

    I resent this!

    I mean, the man’s a hero, brave, and the event is amazing. Sure. Fine.

    But how about Larry Walters, huh?

    How about a little love for the American Redneck?

    Remember his immortal words, “A man can’t just sit around.”

    No awards for him, no brass band awaiting his descent. Just handcuffs and the remains of the beer he took with him.

    Sad is the world. Good thing I have this Kevorkian Scarf.

  23. pollox87 says:

    Got a steady glow!

  24. mercurytransit says:

    @#3 The BBC says that the distance flown on 30 litres was 22 miles. So,Paris-NY (ie. approx. 3636 miles) = (3636/22)*30 = 4,958 Litres.

    Also, density of kerosene is approx. 810 kg/m^3, so 4,958 Litres would weigh 0.810*4958 = 4016 kg, ie. about 4 metric tonnes. Obviously too heavy to fly. So I reckon he’d need about 166 in flight refuelings to do that trip.

  25. padster123 says:

    Would it be possible to GLIDE across the channel – from a really high hot air balloon perhaps?

    Kittinger stylee, but with one of those wing suits?

    Can someone do the math, please!? :)

  26. cbuchner1 says:

    Thanks #10 for the maths, I guess I’ll do my next USA trip with British Airways. I don’t really have the nerve for 166 inflight gas stops.

  27. cbuchner1 says:

    #11 an unpowered human glide over the channel has been done before. Not sure what kind of wings were used.

  28. mappo says:

    “In a final flourish, he did a figure eight as he came over England”

    Does that qualify him for the Mile High Club?

  29. grimc says:


    Not sure of exactly where the gliders were released from their tow planes, but if they could do it in 1944 I’d imagine it’s more than possible with today’s tech.

  30. jbernardo says:

    I am more impressed by Bryan Allen, who made a self-propelled flight in 1979, and by the swimmers who made it across.

  31. GeekMan says:

    Jetman does it again! This guy has balls of steel, and I salute him. :-)

  32. Donal says:

    Watched it live yesterday but all the lead-in time of the programme before the flight on Nat Geo was pretty crap.
    I did it the hard way myself (with a swimming hat, googles & speedos) only four weeks ago. Knowing the effort that goes into a channel swim, i found it a bit hard to get really excited about it. Although I’m not denying the undoubted risk that the guy took.

  33. piminnowcheez says:

    I know the headline says “swiss man,” but I looked at the picture all blown up, and I could just swear that’s a really a coyote in a helmet & jumpsuit.

  34. Daemon says:

    Disney lawsuit begins in 3… 2… 1…

  35. ZippySpincycle says:

    Shortly after landing, Rossy was required to submit fingerprints for an RFID-enabled immigration card.

  36. Nores says:

    “In a final flourish, he did a figure eight as he came over England”

    England reported feeling used and humiliated, but meekly admitted that it kind of liked it. A little bit.

  37. Wigwam Jones says:

    @ #17 piminnowcheez, LOL! I can just make out the brand name on the wing, “ACME” I think.

  38. Biscuit4 says:

    this was done a couple years ago. I shit you not. why is this posted now?

  39. padster123 says:

    @#15 posted by grimc

    Oh yes, I know about those, but as you suggest, surely those big old gliders didn’t glide the whole width of the channel? Or need to?

    @#13 posted by cbuchner1

    Aha – 1977 in a hang glider! From only 18,000 feet.

    (and scroll halfway down).

    Plus… without a glider in 2003, though I can’t work out if they mean in freefall, or with a wing (there’s a difference, surely):

  40. Biscuit4 says:

    nthr dd lrdy dd th sm thng. WTF? Why cr nw?

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