“Jetman”, otherwise known as 51-year-old Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy, took to the skies above the Grand Canyon on Tuesday after his first attempt last Friday was thwarted by the Federation Aviation Authority (FAA).
Rossy has previosuly and successfully flown with his jetpack across the Channel between Britain and France and over the Swiss Alps, but always wanted to fly in the United States.
When asked about his attempt at soaring above the Grand Canyon, Rossy commented: “My first flight in the US is sure to be one of the most memorable experiences in my life, not only for the sheer beauty of the Grand Canyon but the honor to fly in sacred Native American lands.”
Although no media was present at the event, pictures and videos released by organizers showed him being dropped from a helicopter and then soaring above the canyon with his jet-pack wing strapped to his back, flying for 8 minutes before deploying a parachute to land on the canyon floor.
One supporter of Rossy explains: “It was his date with destiny, and ultimately the uniquely complex certification process could not prevent (Rossy) from making his historic flight through Grand Canyon West this past weekend.”