Swiss Maniac Leaps from Helicopter and Jetpacks Across the Grand Canyon at 190 MPH

Well! Here's something that will make you feel like a tremendous coward. Not only is flight enthusiast "Jetman" Yves Rossy unafraid to strap on a giant winged jetpack, he flew across the Grand Canyon with it. Very, very quickly.


The stunt came in multiple stages—first off, a reasonable hop out of a chopper, 8,000 feet above the Arizona turf. Then, the four-motor jetpack kicked in, sending Rossy screaming across the canyon at a beard-peeling 190 MPH. And then, to cap it all off, a parachute ride down to the canyon's bottom. That's three modes of transportation, all requiring guts the magnitude of which I will never possess the half of. So here's to you, Jetman. You goddamn, winged lunatic—you're incredible. [PopSci]

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How is this impressive? He was very high above the canyon, low risk. The rockets pushed him high above the canyon and then he parachuted.

I would have been impressed if he rocketed across the canton from one side to the other and landed without a parachute and walked away.

Sorry, but for me, that was, meh.