2008-09-29 - Fusion Man La MancheYves “FusionMan” Rossy crosses the Channel

Mit Jetrucksack über den Ärmelkanal<br /> On 26 Septeember, Yves Rossy successfully completed an amazing challenge at 1:19pm (BST) and became the first man to fly across the English Channel from Calais, France to Dover, UK, using a homemade, single, jet-powered wing. FusionMan covered a distance of 35 kilometres in 13 minutes.

Swiss adventurer Yves traced the route of French aviator Louis Blériot, who became the first person to fly across the English Channel in an airplane 99 years ago. Beginning his journey at Calais Airport, Yves Rossy was transported in a plane to nearly 2,500 metres, at which point he started his four engines. Then at 1.06pm, Yves jumped out of the plane above Calais. Once his wing stabilised, FusionMan began his flight travelling full throttle and heading for the United Kingdom. With a light wind on his back, he reached the South Foreland Lighthouse on the iconic White Cliffs of Dover in 13 minutes, covering the 35 kilometre trip at an average speed of 200 kilometres per hour. When finally the White Cliffs of Dover appeared, Yves deployed his parachute and landed at 1.19 pm (BST). Speaking of his historic feat, elated Yves said, "So many people were with me on that flight, I want to say thank you…everything was perfect. I show that it is possible to fly a little bit like a bird."

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