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Will we all fly soon?

October 2, 2008

Yves Rossy
What are we on about?
Fusionman—real name Yves Rossy—a Swiss commercial pilot, flew across the English Channel.

So, what’s the big deal?
He flew, not in a plane, but on the wings attached to his back, powered by kerosene-fuelled jet engines.

How did he land?
He parachuted down.

Will this machine be commercially available?
Well, Rossy thinks there will be huge demand in about a decade.So, are airlines doomed? Well, not quite—but the story of Icarus may yet have a happy ending.

Kushan Mitra

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