Yves Rossy, 54, has accomplished flight. The former mechanic’s apprentice and Swiss Air Force pilot has crafted a set of jet-powered wings that allow him to glide effortlessly through the air.
He will be displaying them all weekend in Reno, Nev., but has already conquered the Grand Canyon and Rio, Brazil. He’s had two near brushes with death, but that hasn’t stopped him.
He told Esquire, “There are these perfect moments when you are in osmosis with the moment, the place, the elements. In Rio, I was crying in my helmet, saying, “Thank you.” It was such a privilege, a perfect moment there.”
See for yourself.