TOKYO — A former Swiss air force pilot flew circles around Japan’s most revered summit, Mount Fuji, nine times last week. According to French news agency AFP, Yves ‘Jetman’ Rossy built a custom jetpack system consisting of four engines modified from aircraft engines and carbon-fiber wings that span two meters for his flights.
The jetpack weighs about 132 pounds and Rossy’s trips started with a helicopter dive. In flight Rossy could reach speeds topping out at 185 miles per hour and he could fly as high 12,000 feet above sea level. Rossy called his venture a privilege.
“It’s a fantastic privilege to be a little mosquito flying in front of that big mountain,” Rossy said at a news conference. “It’s really impressive. It’s a perfect form, a huge mountain, a huge volcano, a presence that you can feel on ground and also in the air.”
Rossy is no stranger to adventure and has also flown over the Grand Canyon, Rio de Janeiro and crossed the English Channel.