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Jetman soars over Rio

Thursday, May 03, 2012 - 01:59

May 3 - Yves ''Jetman'' Rossy flies over the skies of Rio de Janeiro in a spectacular flight propelled by a custom-built jet suit. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: Swiss adventurer Yves "Jetman" Rossy on Wednesday (May 2) completed another dramatic stunt - flying full throttle above the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sponsored by the Swiss watch manufacturer Breitling, a video was released showing the "Jetman" preparing for the solo flight and then jumping out of a helicopter over the Rodrigo de Freitas Lake and circling over Rio in his jet suit. The 51-year-old Swiss started developing the Jetman project in 1993, completing his first significant flight in 2008 by crossing the English Channel. In 2011, he flew alongside two Albatross jets over the Swiss Alps and rocketed across a portion of the western end of the Grand Canyon. Called an airborne pioneer, Ives Rossy a former fighter pilot, is considered the only man to fly with a rigid wing equipped with four jet engines. Rocketing across Rio's famous landscape, the press release issued by Breitling said Rossy had successfully completed an 11 minutes 35 seconds flight. Rossy passed by the spectacular Christ the Redeemer statue situated on top of the 710-metre (2,329 ft) granite peak of the Corcovado mountain. Rossy the "Jetman" pulled his parachute and landed on target on Copacabana beach where dozens of spectators cheered his arrival.

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Jetman soars over Rio

Thursday, May 03, 2012 - 01:59