September 26, 2008

Swiss Adventurer Crosses the English Channel on Jet Wing


DOVER, England - A Swiss adventurer using a jet-propelled wing has flown across the English Channel from France in less than 10 minutes.

Yves Rossy landed safely in a field near Dover today. He leapt from a plane at an altitude of more than 8,800 feet, fired up his jets and made the 22-mile trip from Calais, France, to Dover, England.

He began the flight just before 1207 GMT (8:07 a.m. EDT); by 12:15 GMT (8:15 a.m. EDT), Rossy was above British soil and looped over onlookers before opening his parachute, with his wings still strapped to his back.

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