Monday, November 8, 2010

Signal Watch Personal Hero: Jetman

This is no fantasy, no careless product of wild imagination...

the jet is powerful enough that his huge brass ones don't even slow him down

Yves "Jetman" Rossy is a Swiss guy who straight up decided the Rocketeer, Buck Rogers and Commando Cody had the right idea, and something like once or twice a year, Rossy straps on a surprisingly awesome-looking jetpack and announces to the public that he's going for a flight, usually lasting about 15-20 minutes.*

Rossy was doing loop-de-loops again this week.

I suspect Rossy has an engineering team, the iron will of Chuck Norris and Bruce Wayne-style cash, or he wouldn't be out there making everybody else look like gravity-cowed dorks.  Of course, one also suspects that Yves got tired of all the up and downhill driving he was doing in mountainous Switzerland and decided the quickest distance between himself and the Kwik-E-Mart on the next peak over was a straight line.

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Going for a Slurpee and a bag of Fun-Yuns.
While we're big, big fans of the concepts behind the Rocket Racing League, we hope that the RRL will also consider how AWESOME races would be between dudes and ladies strapped into these doo-hickeys.  I'm just saying.

*one assumes he wahoo's it up without a media spectacle several additional times a year.  I mean, he has a jetpack.  I don't see letting that thing collect dust on the shelf while you monkey with a stamp collection.


J.S. said...

I saw a video of this guy once as he flew up alongside an airplane and kept pace with it. It was rad.

J.S. said...

Also want to point out that your hiatus lasted less than an hour.

The League said...

Ah. I understand the confusion. This is what we call pre-loaded content. Sometimes I write stuff like this a few days in advance and set it to post later.