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September 24, 2016

Photos of the weekend

Swiss pilot Yves Rossy, known as 'Jetman,' the first man in the world to fly a jet-fitted wing, performs a flight during the 43st Icare Cup paragliding festival in Saint Hilaire du Touvet, French Alps, on Saturday. The 'Coupe Icare,' dedicated to free flight, orchestrates various types of flying such as hang gliding, paraglid...

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