This guy must have balls of steel.

A Swiss pilot constructed a home-made jet-powered wing, attached it to his back, and jumped out of a perfectly good plane to test his device.  The wing, which has an 8-foot wingspan and weighs 120 pounds, allowed him to fly at speeds of up to 186 mph.  After his test flight he landed with the aide of a parachute.

I just saw Iron Man last weekend and have to say that the video of the flight reminded me of the way that Iron Man flew in the film.  Clearly there may be military implications to perfecting this technology.  It’s hard to believe that this is real.  Oh, and the guy has a website dedicated to his exploits too, but it’s in French.

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  1. Hah. That makes me happy knowing I didn’t take four years of French for no reason then.

    #1 by Judy — December 13, 2010 @ 12:40 am

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