Jetman and His Protege Fly Wing-to-Wing with an Airbus A380 Above Dubai

Jetman and His Protege Fly Wing-to-Wing with Airbus A380 above Dubai and Look Scary 1 photo
Photo: XDubai
In the world of commercial flights, it doesn’t get bigger than the Airbus A380. This giant with wings provides seating for 525 people in a typical three-class configuration or up to 853 people in all-economy class configuration. To make this possible, the size and power of its engines are tremendous.
A giant with a 5,920-square feet (550 square meters) cabin of usable floor space, the A380 has four engines that each develops 70,000 pounds of thrust. You don’t have to be a scientist to realize that nobody wants to get close to such force. And in an ordinary world, nobody would ever attempt to get close to the winged monster, but when it comes to Jetman, regular rules do not apply.

As his nickname indicates, Swiss Guinness record holder Yves Rossy is using a patented jetpack that not many people actually know how to use. His protege Vince Reffet and Jetman form a team that is regularly producing advertorial clips in which they promote Dubai and the opulent city’s landmarks.

While usually they fly alone doing different stunts in the air, this time they’ve gone the whole nine yards, “escorting” one of Dubai Airlines’ massive jet. Watching the video may be exciting, but you’ll want to know the one-minute spectacle is the result of over three months of planning and work. Both Emirates and Jetman Dubai teams worked closely to design diligently and coordinate every detail of this project.

The result is just amazing and proves that even though we have giant aircraft that can transport hundreds of people for thousands of miles on one trip, man’s biggest dream remains that of flying by himself.

For those who haven’t met Jetman before, you’ll want to know he’s using a backpack equipped with semi-rigid airplane-type carbon fiber wings with a span of about 7.9 feet (2.4 meters). Power comes from four Jet-Cap P200 jet engines modified from large kerosene-fueled model aircraft motors.

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