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Jetman takes to the skies alongside an Emirates passenger plane

Swiss daredevil Yves Rossy – aka Jetman – is no stranger to the skies. He’s taken his rocket pack to Rio, and over Dubai with his pal Vince Reffet. And now he’s returned to Dubai for his latest trick – flying alongside an Emirates A380 plane.

It may be a publicity stunt, but what a stunt it is. You can watch the three of them soar in the clip below. It’s certainly impressive that no one got hurt. And the skyline looks fantastic, with the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest skyscraper – in the background.

To pull off the stunt, the plane flew at 4,000 feet, while the Jetman Dubai duo – as they’re known – were deployed from a helicopter hovering about 1,500 feet higher. Then they generally flew around a bit – or in official terms, “conducted formations” – before going their separate ways.

The two aircraft couldn’t be more different. The A380 weighs 70,000 lbs, and the jet wings just 88 lbs. The A380 has a top speed of 490 knots, and the jet wings between 140 and 170 knots. Unsurprisingly, the A380 weighs quite a lot more too – 560,000kg, compared to 150kg for the jet wings. The jet wings are also more nimble, but can you drink a gin and tonic while strapped into them? Thought not.

Rossy actually invented the jetpack himself, and has flown it over the Grand Canyon and the Alps, as well as Rio and Dubai. In 2009 he attempted to fly across the Strait of Gibraltar in order to become the first person to fly between two continents using a jetpack, but had to abandon the attempt due to adverse weather conditions. Who knows where his next adventure will take him, but we can’t wait to see.

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