Mon, Nov 30, 2009
First Intercontinental Jet-Powered Wing Flight Foiled By
50-year-old inventor and adventurer Yves Rossy was forced to
ditch in the Atlantic Ocean during an attempt last week to cross
the Straits of Gibraltar using his jet powered wing. Rossy said
clouds and weather caused him to abort the attempt.
The Times of London reports that Rossy attemper to fly 24 miles
from Tangier in Morocco to Atlanterra in southern Spain, at a speed
of almost 140mph. He launched from an aircraft in flight, deployed
his jet wing, and headed towards Spain. The carbon fiber wing has a
span of about 8 feet, is powered by four jet engines, and steered
by the pilot's body movements.
Rossy later told reporters that his wing is “not easy to
fly” and the clouds added to the difficulties. While
travelling at speeds of between 155 and 185 miles per hour at an
altitude of 2,700 feet, he said he found himself descending towards
the water. He jettisoned the wing and deployed his parachute.
Spanish Coast Guard vessels were expected to recover the wing.
Rossy made history in 2008 by flying the wing across the English
Channel from France to England. He said last week's attempt was
only his first, and that he intends to try again sometime next
“Nothing worthwhile has ever been achieved on the first
attempt,” he said. “One tries and tries again.
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