November 6, 2010

Man Performs Ariel Loops In Jet-Propelled Wingsuit

Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy jumped from a hot-air balloon Friday and completed two aerial loops by using his custom-made jet-propelled wingsuit. 

It was just the latest daredevil stunt by Rossy, who hopes one day he will be able to fly through the Grand Canyon.

He launched himself from a replica of the Breitling Orbiter at an altitude of 7,874 feet near Lake Geneva.  The orbiter was the first balloon to be piloted nonstop around the world in 1999. 

Rossy then fired up the jets of his new wingsuit to perform the looping before landing safely with a parachute.

He said after Friday's stunt that he was "very happy and satisfied."  His first successful flight took place two years ago over the Swiss Alps.

Rossy has since flown across the English Channel, and last year he tried to cross the Strait of Gibraltar from Morocco to Spain. 

He said he is waiting for permission from U.S. authorities to fly through the Grand Canyon in Arizona.


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