“Jetman” Yves Rossy took to the skies high above Dubai in an astonishing feat of flight. The veteran pilot also brought his protégé along for the ride, 30-year-old Frenchman Vince Reffet. In his new video, the two soar high above the dramatic landscapes of Dubai’s skyline, coastal beaches, and desert outskirts with fixed-wing jetpacks strapped to their backs. Reffet is no stranger to the skies. The son of a skydiver, he base-jumped off of the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, in 2014.
The jetpacks used in the video fly at an average speed of 124 miles per hour, have a wingspan of just over 6 feet, and weigh about 120 pounds, according to Rossy’s website. The current model is the latest in a line of prototypes that have been designed by Rossy.
“We are coming from two different worlds,” Rossy says in the video. “He has 15,000 jumps, I have 10,000 hours on airplanes, and now we are together in close formation in the air, pushed by the same energy that we always have had: passion for flying.”