First Human flying with a jet-propelled wing
Coco Chanel once said “If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing”. In 2006, Swiss pilot, Yves Rossy, followed that motto, as he was the first (and only!) man to fly in the most natural way possible. Teaming up with Breitling Jet Team to create his avatar, Jetman, gave him the ultimate chance to fly freely, in three dimensions. We have tamed our dream with airplanes and hot air balloons, but Jetman is unique in its kind as it does not require a large complicated device to allow propulsion in the air. After much practice and a series of successive device improvements based on jet turbines, to operate, Jetman now only requires an altimeter for safety and a small throttle control held in the hand. Therefore, space is given to pure pleasure and delight as the body movements and sensations are at the very core of the flight. World records breaker, Jetman performed an incredible flight across the English Channel which was broadcast live to 165 countries! Constantly seeking higher performance, the Breitling Jet Team manufactured a new wing shape, assuring more stability and control and opening the door to a fully-booked agenda of impressive demonstrations held in locations such as Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro. Jetman flew twice publicly in the USA in 2013 with an acclaimed appearance at the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh (July – August) and a second one at the Reno Air Races (September). A dream come true, hopefully shaping a close future filled with flying adventures and emotions.