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Real Life Rocketeer Flies His Jetpack Around Mount Fuji

Also, JETPACKS!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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