At some point in your life you probably daydreamed about owning your own jetpack. But in the end you settled for a crappy car or possibly public transportation.
Yves Rossy didn’t settle. The Swiss pilot made his dream a reality by inventing his own jetpack. Now, when you watch the following video of Rossy and his protégé Vince Reffet soaring across the Dubai skyline, you’ll be filled with regret about the non-jetpack-filled path you’ve chosen.
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.
On the one hand, the fact that you’ll probably never get to fly a jetpack like Rossy is a depressing thought. But on the other hand, imagine how horrible it would be if every idiot on the planet had one of these. Dealing with morons on the highway who go 45 mph in the passing lane is bad enough. Dealing with that sort of nonsense while soaring through the sky at 120 mph would be infinitely worse. Also, you’d probably die.
(Source: The Verge)