Yves 'Jetman' Rossy is shown in flight over the Grand Canyon West in Arizona in this May 7, 2011 photo. Rossy rocketed across a portion of the western end of the canyon owned by the Hualapai Indian Reservation on Saturday morning, according a statement released three days later by backers from Swiss watch manufacturer Breitling.
Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy stands on the ledge of the Grand Canyon on Guano Point on the Hualapai Indian Reservation to speak to the media on Friday, May 6, 2011.
Yves Rossy of Switzerland, also known as 'Jetman,' comes into land by parachute after his solo flight from France to England near Dover, England, on Sept. 26, 2008. The Swiss adventurer crossed the English Channel strapped to a homemade jet-propelled wing, parachuting in to a field near the White Cliffs of Dover after a 10-minute solo flight. Newscom
Yves Rossy prepares to launch from a hot air balloon on Nov. 5, 2010 above Bercher, western Switzerland. Rossy jumped out of the hot air ballon at about 6,500 feet. He attempts to fulfil a dream by flying through the Grand Canyon with his jet-propelled suit on May 6 – his first escapade in the US. Laurent Gillieron/AFP/Newscom
Yves Rossy speeds through the air to perform a loop near a hot air balloon on Nov. 5, 2010 above Bercher, western Switzerland. Laurent Gillieron/AFP/Newscom
Yves Rossy arcs through the air to perform a loop on Nov. 5, 2010 above Bercher, western Switzerland. Laurent Gillieron/AFP/Newscom
Yves Rossy speeds through the air to perform a loop in Bercher, Switzerland, on Nov. 5, 2010. Laurent Gillieron/Keystone/AP/File
Yves Rossy has successfully completed his first-ever flight alongside aircraft, taking to the skies in close formation with the Breitling Wingwalkers Team in Buochs, Switzerland, on July 2, 2010. Rossy, jumped out of a Pilatus PC-6 at an altitude of 11,000 feet and amazingly came within a few yards, from the two Boeing Sterman Breitling Wingwalkers, which were waiting for him at an altitude of nearly 3,300 feet. Alain Ernoud/WENN.com/Newscom
Yves Rossy flies with a jet-powered single wing over the Alps in Bex, Switzerland, Wednesday, May 14, 2008. Some people go fishing on their day off. Yves Rossy likes to jump out of a small plane with a pair of jet-powered wings and perform figure eights above the Swiss Alps. The revolutionary human flying machine took to the skies after five years of training and many more years of dreaming. Anja Niedringhaus/AP
Former professional Swiss military pilot Yves Rossy flies in the sky like a rocketeer in the southern Swiss Alps near Bex, Switzerland, on May 14, 2008. Rossy is the first man ever to successfully fly with wings, powered by four engines on his back. Denis Balibouse/Reuters
Yves Rossy flies during his first official demonstration, on May 14, 2008 above Bex, Switzerland. Calling himself 'Fusionman' Rossy released from a plane at an altitude of 8000 feet, he completed several loops a speed of almost 200 miles per hour using only his body to change position during five minutes over the Swiss Alps. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Newscom
Yves Rossy comes in to land by parachute after his solo flight from France to England near Dover, England, on Sept. 26, 2008. Newscom
The Swiss aviator Yves Rossy recently flew across the Rio de Janeiro sky with his jet-propelled wing, parachuting safely to a southern Brazilian beach.
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May 3, 2012
Thursday morning, the Swiss pilot Yves Rossy fell into the blue Rio de Janeiro sky with the backward rolling entry of a scuba diver. He began with a downward plunge toward the Brazilian cityscape, then leveling off and completing a barrel role before vapor-trailing past the Deco statue Cristo Redentor, tracking south and finally pulling his parachute to land safely on Copocabana beach.