In perhaps the most insane film ever made, two men with bigger cojones than any of us have strapped on jetpacks and flown within feet of an Emirates Airbus A380 as it flies at low altitude over Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
These fearless stuntman, who double as the most bad-ass dudes in the world, are Yves Rossy and Vince Reffet. Previously, they have made us grip the arms of our office chairs in suspense as they flew side by side with a B17 bomber and navigated the Grand Canyon. But that was all child’s play compared to this high-end production for Emirates Airline.
Flying at just 4,000 feet above the gleaming metropolis of Dubai, Rossy and Reffet had no room for error. The Jetman explain that extensive planning and safety measures were put in place, even though the film makes the feat seem easy.
On their website, the pair explains:
While the formation flight looked effortless on film, painstaking planning and meticulous collaboration with an intense focus on safety drove all efforts.
The massive amount of preplanning that went into the stunt is shown in an equally impressive behind the scenes video on our sister channel, Resource Motion.
While we still have almost two months left in 2015, I think many of us are ready to crown this the coveted “Most insane video of the year” award.
See more from the Jetman on their website.
I hope the “painstaking planning and meticulous collaboration” involved the pilots of this aircraft. Do you want a couple of insane fools distracting the people responsible with your life?
Yes, it did, as seen in the BTS video. I’m sure that not only pilots, but also experts in aerodynamics and/or A380 design where there to say things like “DO NOT GET ANY CLOSER THAN ___!!!” In the BTS video you can see them pointing out distances from the wingtips sorta.
I certainly wouldn’t want to be caught in the turbulence behind that thing with nothing but a jetpack strapped to my back.
At first I was like, oh jeez the bazillionaires of Dubia are at it again, wasting money on insane and pointless stunts.
But, I suppose at the end of the day, in 100 years when we’re all jetmen, (jetpeople?) we might look back on this as a giant leap for mankind. Because this is almost as insane as putting a man on the moon.
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