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   Undertoad  Thursday Jul 26 01:22 PM

July 26, 2007: Personal jet noticed



xoB finds this set from location unknown, with his only tag "I know some people are afraid to fly commercial, but this is ridiculous." Yes. So the most of the set is hereby presented, and we assume it is not a fake because it's far more interesting to assume it's real. I particularly like the ear-to-ear grin on the gent in the last shot.




















glatt  Thursday Jul 26 01:29 PM

Looks like he's launched form the air, instead of taking off from the ground.

Very cool!



yesman065  Thursday Jul 26 01:29 PM

That has to be a total rush!



Flint  Thursday Jul 26 01:34 PM

The URL seen on the wing re-directs to this page.



glatt  Thursday Jul 26 01:35 PM

His name is Yves Rossy, and this is his web page.



Uisge Beatha  Thursday Jul 26 02:02 PM

Hah, beat that, Batman!



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Jul 26 02:04 PM

And he's seriously nuts, from his bio.



jester  Thursday Jul 26 03:12 PM

Seems like I saw that on the Discovery Channel or something like that. Not a lot of protection should he "crash".



Kumbulu  Thursday Jul 26 03:16 PM

Want!



jester  Thursday Jul 26 03:22 PM

Ok, just curious, but in the 2nd picture where they have their "thumbs up" - doesn't it look like the guy in the middle is comparing his thumb to the "pilots"? Like he's saying -

"It's suppose to be straight up, not to the side" or "not pointing at me".



Uisge Beatha  Thursday Jul 26 04:04 PM

Hey, those eyes are sharp as well as pretty, jester.



jester  Thursday Jul 26 04:11 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Uisge Beatha View Post
Hey, those eyes are sharp as well as pretty, jester.

well, golly


Snapple  Thursday Jul 26 04:17 PM

seems to me, our pilot here - Yves Rossy - has spent much of his life in pursuit of adrenaline rushes if you explore around his site mentioned above. skysurfing off a hot air balloon ... skysurfing then ditching shute to snowboard down the mountain ... fighter pilot ... cool!



bham  Thursday Jul 26 04:31 PM

screw the flying bit, check out those watches!

WTF?



Shawnee123  Thursday Jul 26 04:40 PM

Here's the inspiration:



barefoot serpent  Thursday Jul 26 04:41 PM

Definately asbestos underware time.

Quote:
check out those watches!

WTF?
probably an altimeter


glatt  Thursday Jul 26 04:42 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by bham View Post
screw the flying bit, check out those watches!

WTF?
And now, a message from our sponsor.


Shawnee123  Thursday Jul 26 04:42 PM

What watches, anyway?



BeltNah  Thursday Jul 26 05:31 PM

Video

Have a look at the video have seen a better one but cannot find it.. Very cool though. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-66AcTo9TU



rkzenrage  Thursday Jul 26 05:54 PM

Nice!

Someone posted the batsuit with jets. That was cool too. Launched from a balloon.



wolf  Thursday Jul 26 07:24 PM

If the dude truly had a sense of style, that suit would be silver.



Uisge Beatha  Thursday Jul 26 07:30 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolf
If the dude truly had a sense of style, that suit would be silver.
No, sorry - that's for surfers.


SPUCK  Thursday Jul 26 09:32 PM

Yeeeah,(spoken like Office Space boss), I wonder how they figured out they needed to kick him out've a plane...?

Answer:
After he tried running bent over 110MPH down the runway?



Sheldonrs  Thursday Jul 26 11:16 PM

Looks cool and you can piss on skydivers and zoom away before they land. :-)



piercehawkeye45  Friday Jul 27 02:34 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sheldonrs View Post
Looks cool and you can piss on skydivers and zoom away before they land. :-)
I don't think that works real well in freefall. I like the intentions though.


Kitsune  Friday Jul 27 08:02 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt View Post
Looks like he's launched form the air, instead of taking off from the ground.
Now, if we could put him on a treadmill that runs opposite to his forward running on takeoff...


barefoot serpent  Friday Jul 27 10:18 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kitsune View Post
Now, if we could put him on a treadmill that runs opposite to his forward running on takeoff...
but only if he was wearing roller skates:p


TheMercenary  Friday Jul 27 12:10 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt View Post
Looks like he's launched form the air, instead of taking off from the ground.

Very cool!
And landed via parachute when his gas ran out.


Anada  Friday Jul 27 02:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sheldonrs
Looks cool and you can piss on skydivers and zoom away before they land. :-)

*lol* naughty!



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jul 27 07:23 PM

According to the website he had to shuck the wings and bail, letting them crash. I wonder why, considering he can pop a chute wearing them?



Happy Monkey  Friday Jul 27 07:38 PM

Too heavy for the chute?



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jul 27 07:53 PM

Don't think so considering he uses the chute, with the wing on, after a normal flight. Maybe the chute wouldn't work and the gear was too heavy for his back-up chute, though.



TheMercenary  Friday Jul 27 08:26 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
Don't think so considering he uses the chute, with the wing on, after a normal flight. Maybe the chute wouldn't work and the gear was too heavy for his back-up chute, though.
Possible. I jumped with over a hundred pounds of gear before. Aerodynamically it looks like he would be more streamlined with the chute on his back vs. the front. Smaller chute, less weight, bag the wings and it would only have to support him. I don't know but it makes sense.


xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jul 27 08:57 PM

If you look at the pictures. it looks like the fairing on the front of the jet-pack contains the post flight chute?

Ah, maybe it wouldn't fire and the fuel made it too heavy.... with no way to jettison fuel like a plane can.





Orrrrrrr, he couldn't handle the extra weight of the monkey and Goat?



Flint  Friday Jul 27 10:26 PM

He couldn't handle the extra weight of the guilt on his conscience, knowing that the monkey and the goat were photoshopped.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Jul 28 05:35 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
If you look at the pictures. it looks like the fairing on the front of the jet-pack contains the post flight chute?
No, I'm wrong. The chute forms like a fairing at the front of the notch in the middle of the wing. Definitely not part of the wing.


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