Jet-winged man flies across English Channel

Adventurist zooms 22 miles over water on a homemade jet-propelled wing set. James Bond is furious.

Yves Rossy flew over the Swiss Alps earlier this year. For more photos from that flight, click on the image. Jet-Man.com

Yves Rossy leapt from a plane and crossed the English Channel on a homemade jet-propelled wing set on Friday.

Rossy, who is also known as FusionMan, averaged 125 mph as he zoomed across 22 miles. The flight lasted 10 minutes to 13 minutes--depending on whether one is counting the channel crossing or the entire flight. He even did a figure eight as he came over England.

Personally, I would settle for a jetpack.

CBS News has a video courtesy of the National Geographic Channel.

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