Following in the vapor trail of aviator Louis Bleriot, Yves Rossy made a historic flight of his own across the English Channel this morning. After yesterday’s poor weather delayed his planned passage, Rossy–also known as FusionMan–became the first human to cross using jet propulsion.
A single homemade wing with four boosters carried Rossy from a plane 8,800 feet above Calais, France, over the channel and safely to land in Dover, England. A heat-resistant suit shielded him from the fiery jets and body movement stood in for steering.
Check back shortly for onsite coverage of Rossy’s flight. In the meantime, enjoy the video (things pick up about 20 seconds in).