Daredevil Crosses Channel by Jetpack

Swiss daredevil "Fusionman" takes ten minutes to cross
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Sep 26, 2008 8:32 AM CDT
Yves Rossy, known as the 'Fusion Man,' flies with a jet-powered single wing over the Alps in Bex, Switzerland, in May.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Swiss daredevil Yves Rossy—or as he’s known, Fusionman—crossed the English Channel with a single jet-propelled wing strapped to his shoulders, reports the UK Times. Rossy began the trip by jumping from a plane 8,200 feet over Calais, France, then zoomed to Britain in less than 10 minutes at speeds of more than 100mph. He traced the route of the first plane to cross the Channel nearly 100 years ago before touching down safely in a field. He's the first to make the trip via jetpack.