Real Life Rocketeer Flies His Jetpack Around Mount Fuji

Also, JETPACKS!

The ability to fly is something human beings have been obsessed with since Icarus flew too close to the sun. We make it a character trait in our superheroes. The Wright brothers built an airplane. I once made a paper plane that fluttered to the other side of the classroom. Yves Rossy made a jetpack.

After retiring from the Swiss Air Force and his subsequent career as a commercial pilot Rossy began tinkering with the idea of a creating a jet-propelled wing.

Katsuhiko Tokunaga, Breitling / AP

In 2006, after more than 10 years and 15 prototypes Rossy became the first man to fly said jet-propelled wing — and seven years later he’s still the only one.

Rossy — commonly known as Jetman — has crossed the English Channel, Swiss Alps, Grand Canyon and Rio de Janeiro.

Most recently he took his jetpack to Japan and flew in circles around Mount Fuji — the country’s most recognizable natural landmark.

The photos and video of his most recent excursion are breathtaking and awe-inspiring.

REUTERS/Tokunaga/Breitling

So if anyone was wondering what I want for Christmas. *cough* jetpack *cough*

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