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Daredevils in jetpacks chase Airbus A380 over Dubai

Daredevils in jetpacks chase Airbus A380 over Dubai

The daredevils fly at about 300 kmph over the plane and manoeuvre alongside its wings.

Yves Rossy isn’t your average adrenaline junkie. This part time pilot and full time madman likes to strap on a carbon fiber jet-wing over is back and zoom across the skies of his native Switzerland.

This time, however he has taken it to the next level. He and his fellow bird-man Vince Reffert were recently seen chasing an Airbus A380 superjumbo over the skyscrapers of Dubai. The A380 is the largest aeroplane ever built and has a wingspan of 262 feet. The two daredevil look like a pair of gnats flying alongside a raptor.

To see this behemoth maneuver effortlessly at such a low altitude (well, 1,200 m is low when you weigh over 500 tons) is a treat in itself. The formation required ‘painstaking planning and meticulous collaboration with an intense focus on safety,’ Rossy’s website said. The flying men were dropped from a helicopter at 1,600 m as it flew over the Emirates aircraft. The daredevils then proceed to fly at about 300 kmph over the plane and manoeuvre alongside its wings. The jet-winged team then fall into formation on either side of the plane, regroup on one side and then break away.

"It was absolutely surreal flying alongside the biggest aircraft there is and we felt like mosquitoes beside a gigantic eagle”, Rossy said.

Bonus Clip: Watch Rossy on his jetpack race Top Gear host Richard Hammond on a souped up rally car in Wales.

first published:November 05, 2015, 20:02 IST