When Yves Rossy and Vince Reffet flew over Dubai in jetpacks, capturing it all on video was a crucial part of the experiment. Though you don't see it in the video, the total production had four planes flying alongside two jetpacks with six-feet long fixed wingspans at 124 miles per hour. Safety was clearly going to be an issue. That's where planning from Emirates Airline came in.
Emirates' first response to carrying the photographers and videographers tasked with documenting the flight: it's madness. In addition to making sure the planes and the jetpacks could operate, and operate safely, in the confined space above Dubai, the planes also had to make sure they got all of the shots.
Every second was choreographed beforehand. Radio communication between the pilots, the film crew, and Rossy and Reffet was constant during the actual flight. The result? Aviation history and breathtaking footage of two jetpack pilots and an Emirates Airbus A380 flying in tandem.
Check out the video of the flight, and then watch the behind-the-scenes work below.
"While the formation flight looked effortless on film," the Jetman website says, "painstaking planning and meticulous collaboration with an intense focus on safety drove all efforts."