There are stunts that are just stunts and then there are stunts that over time turn into legitimately adventurous pursuits. Like those of Yves “Jetman” Rossy, whose flying wing has carried him over the Grand Canyon and many other beautiful spots at ridiculous speeds. No doubt, though, Jetmanning is expensive and, given the logistics (dropping from a helicopter), isn’t something you do whenever you feel like it. Hence, to justify all the money Breitling is paying to have its logos plastered on his wings, Rossy is continually wrapping his flying in new, well, stunts. Like this one.
Flying above Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, Rossy reconnoitered with a DC-3 propeller plane from the 1940s, using an Eagle AS 350 helicopter to climb to 6,000 feet, where he stepped into air. At full throttle, Rossy reached about 130 mph, caught up with the DC-3, and flew for about seven minutes until the fuel ran out. I’d trade places with him in a second.
Predictably, there’s a fair bit of filler in this short film…scroll ahead to a 1:00 or so to get things started.