Mittwoch, 13. Mai 2015 - 08:00 Uhr
You might not know Yves Rossy by name, but there's a decent chance you've seen him before. He's one of the only people in the world with a working jetpack — and he's really good at flying it. We've seen him fly next to a B17 bomber, circle Mount Fuji, and soar over the Grand Canyon. But the man with the jetpack just released his most hair-raising video yet.
The video is proportionally scaled in its grandeur — ripe with more than 11 minutes of beautiful HD footage shot from a chase plane and the GoPros attached to Rossy and his "jetman protégé" Vince Reffet.
The jet-powered fun starts innocently enough over the desert where the two twist, dive, and climb through a sunset-filled sky. The jetpacks, by the way, let Rossy and Reffet go more than 120 miles per hour. The result is a particularly dizzying action that makes that "balloon boy" video look stable.
But the intensity ramps way up halfway through the video as the duo fly through the skies of Dubai. We see them perform heart-stopping maneuvers over the city's famous Palm Islands and fly in formations so close it would make the Blue Angels sweat. And then comes the ultimate moment — Rossy and Reffet buzz the Burj Khalifa with a pass so close it's legitimately hard to watch.
SERIOUSLY, STOP READING THIS AND WATCH ALREADY
There is also a section that explains each pilot's bona fides, as well as some dreamy footage with an even dreamier voiceover about how flying in three dimensions inspires Rossy to... I don't honestly know. All I do know is those scenes make for great moments to catch your breath.
Let's be clear — if you haven't clicked the play button by now, you've made a mistake. Seriously. This video is probably the closest you'll ever get to flying your own jetpack, so watch it now. Just make sure you go with the full screen option and — if you want to feel like you're riding right along with Rossy and Reffet — switch the video to 4K. The resulting noise from your computer will make you feel like you're right there with them.