Exciting news for aviation fans: earlier today a Swiss man became the first to ever fly solo across the English Channel using only a single jet-propelled wing. Aviator Yves Rossy, known affectionately as The Jetman, dropped himself out of a plane and jetted the 22 miles from Calais, France to Dover, England. The trip took just over 10 minutes and was broadcast live on the National Geographic Channel.
The most common way to cross the English Channel is through the Chunnel, the underwater tunnel connecting England and France. But Rossy is no common man. A former air force pilot, Rossy spends his spare time jumping out of airplanes and working his way toward his life’s dream: flying like a bird.
And fly like a bird is what he did: At a few minutes past noon Greenwich Mean Time, Rossy jumped from a plane about 8,200 feet above the ground over coastal France, turned on his jet-wing contraption, and then flew across the channel at about 125 miles per hour. His path was the same route of a French aviator named Louis Blériot, who, back in 1909, was the first person to fly over the Channel in an airplane.
When Rossy landed in a field near the amazing white Cliffs of Dover, Rossy was greeted by enthusiastic supporters, happy to see The Jetman safely and successfully achieving his dream.