With the aid of helmet-mounted Go-Pro cameras and a chase helicopter to take longer range footage, Rossy and Reffet do a dance in the sky like two soaring hawks.
“The real dream is to be completely free,” Rossy says.
The four-engine “wing suit” that enables them to fly is made of a lightweight, carbon-fiber wing with a near eight-foot span. The jets that power his suit are modified engines used in model airplanes.
The engines burn kerosene. The only drawback to the designed is its limited range and inability to take-off from the ground because it can’t carry much fuel.
The wing suits have to be launched from helicopters or airplanes that ferry them into the air. But once airborne, they have all the flight characteristics of a jet airplane. They land with parachutes.
Their extraordinary HD video, titled “Young Feathers” is stunning, and plays out against an original soundtrack by Piers Baron, which also is available for sale.
The 11-minute clip shows 55-year-old pilot’s ability to maneuver, fly formation and soar down on the sprawling desert city.
They even circle the signature Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Rossy has flown over Mount Fuji and the Grand Canyon.
“I’m not playing with death, I am playing with life,” he says.
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