"If I calculate everything right, I will land in Dover. But if I get it wrong, I take a bath." - Yves Rossy (pictured right).
Well, Rossy did calculate everything right because last Friday, the Swiss aviator and former military pilot became the first person to fly solo across the English Channel using a single jet-propelled wing.
Known as 'Fusionman' by his friends and 'Jetman' by the media, Rossy aimed to follow the route flown by his hero, French airman Louis Bleriot, who became the first person to fly across the Channel in a plane 99 years ago.
Here are some facts about his flight:-
- The flight from Calais to Dover covered a distance of 22 miles.
- It was postponed twice last week due to bad weather.
- The 49-year-old began the flight by jumping out of a plane more than 8,200ft in the air.
- Rossy reached speeds of up to 125mph.
- The entire flight took less than ten minutes.
- The wing had no rudder or tail fun, so Rossy had to steer using his head and back. It is the closest anyone has ever come to flying like a bird.
I think this is an incredible achievement. Man has always wanted to fly (ever since the Superman cartoons of the 1930s) and now Yves Rossy has taken the first steps to making that become a reality.
Upon completing his flight, Rossy said: "I only have one word, thankyou, to all the people who took the journey with me."
Mr Rossy's name will now be up there with all of the best aviators: Superman, Boba Fett, Buzz Lightyear.
To infinity and beyond.