Sep 8, 2004, 6:34 AM
Post #7 of 58
Re: [sasteam] Jet-Man: The Flying Man Project
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I posted the same response over on FlyBirdman.com, but I would just like to say that this series of videos are really cool. They give you a keen insight on what is possible with, not a rigid wing, but a wingsuit. You see, Yves Rossy, in the "Flying Man" video is shown jumping a series of larger and more complex wings. All flights are successful, but that's not the important part to me. The important part is that all of the video is shot by a cameraman flying the SMALLEST size BirdMan (or original Patrick DeGuyardon) wingsuit. That video was shot in 2000. My point is that even with the largest wings he flew in the test, Yves was not outflying that video guy, even though he had a rigid wing on his back and his cameraman was flying a Classic. Think about it. Imagine what quality of video they could have gotten had they had a modern, super-experienced wingsuit pilot in an S3 or equivilent?
Personally, I think the longer Jet Man video is fantastic. The nuts it took Yves to strap that fucker on and jump it out the side of a Porter are remarkable. The exit with folded wings, jet engine start-up procedure and subsequent four minute level flight are fantastic. Every phase of his testing was documented and I never saw him once zoo that side-door exit (unlike Felix, even though he only had to step back off a tailgate).
As to jumping this thing off a Cliff and flying back up to the same launch spot, I think that is very unlikely. The jet engines took 30 seconds to "stabilize" before full power could be added and then they were only able to sustain level flight. Still, the feat was very cool and I was really impressed with the engineering of the wing extension mechanism and the layout of the jets and their required componentry.
Sep 9, 2004, 8:00 AM
Post #15 of 58
Re: [SkymonkeyONE] Jet-Man: The Flying Man Project
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As to jumping this thing off a Cliff and flying back up to the same launch spot, I think that is very unlikely. The jet engines took 30 seconds to "stabilize" before full power could be added. Chuck My comment wasn't about the feasability of a rocket man system but rather tongue in cheek question about something like this tarnishing the purity of a wingsuit BASE jump. To some its just hucking, to others its a way of life, away from the smell and noise of turbines and away from those pesky skydivers.
Sep 13, 2004, 8:19 AM
Post #24 of 58
Re: [mccordia] Jet-Man: The Flying Man Project
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I like your train of thought, and while a back-mounted jet wing would not be legitimate human "body flight" in my opinion either, it might still be fun in its own regard. Probably as close as you'll ever get to being superman. It sounds interesting to me, but it's definitely distinctively different from flying a plane (which I do not have much interest in) and hang-gliding (which I do have some interest in).