On November 25th, 2009, Yves Rossy tried to overcome the Webtel.mobi Intercontinental Challenge. The Challenger attempted to become the first man to make an intercontinental crossing – from Morocco in Africa to southern Spain – by jet-wing.
Yves took off from Morroco, flew over the Atlantic ocean but wasn’t able to land in Spain. Due to bad weather and clouds, he had to drop his wing and open his parachute over the ocean.
Winched into a helicopter from the sea to the Spanish coast, Yves Rossy has stated his intention to complete the remaining distance of the Challenge in the near future.
Yves Rossy successfully completed on September 26th, 2008 an amazing challenge at 1:19pm (BST) and became the first man to fly across the English Channel from Calais, France to Dover, UK, using a homemade, single, jet-powered wing. Yves Rossy covered a distance of 35 kilometres in 13 minutes.
Swiss adventurer Yves traced the route of French aviator Louis Blériot, who became the first person to fly across the English Channel in an airplane 99 years ago. Beginning his journey at Calais Airport, Yves Rossy was transported in a plane to nearly 2,500 metres, at which point he started his four engines. Then at 1.06pm, Yves jumped out of the plane above Calais. Once his wing stabilised, Jetman began his flight travelling full throttle and heading for the United Kingdom.
With a light wind on his back, Yves reached the South Foreland Lighthouse on the iconic White Cliffs of Dover in 13 minutes, covering the 35 kilometres trip at an average speed of 200 kilometres per hour. When finally the White Cliffs of Dover appeared, Yves deployed his parachute and landed at 1.19 pm (BST).
Yves Rossy, the first man to fly with a jet-powered wing, completed his first official demonstration in front of the international press today on May 14, 2008 at midday. Released from a plane at an altitude of 8,000 feet, he completed a circuit in just over 5 minutes which saw him fly over the Swiss Alps.
Yves leapt from the plane with his wing folded, then deployed his craft and began the flight. He made several “eight patterns” above spectators aware of being present at an exceptional event. At the end of the flight, Jetman deployed his parachute, folded the wing and landed safely at Bex airfield.