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Jetpack man soars over U.S. alongside B-17 bomber

Yves Rossy, known as Jetman, wowed attendees at the EEA air show, which also hosted Terrafugia's flying car.


Next time you're stuck in traffic, just imagine soaring above it all with a personal jetpack like Yves Rossy. The Swiss adventurer just made his debut U.S. flight in grand style.

Jetman, as Rossy is known, appeared alongside a vintage B-17 bomber at the EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wis., in his first public flight in the U.S.

He flew in formation with the bomber, coming within several feet of the fuselage, before parachuting to a safe landing.

Jetman has been thrilling crowds and aviators around the world with his custom-made jet suit, zooming across the English Channel in 2008.

The wing measures 6.5 feet across and is powered by four JetCat P200 turbines with 48 pounds of thrust each. The suit's average speed is 124 mph.

Rossy, a veteran fighter and commercial pilot, has been working on various prototypes of the wing since 1993, going through inflatable and rigid versions and experimenting with engine configurations.

Check out a video of Rossy's latest flight at BBC News.

Jetman was joined at the air show by the Terrafugia Transition, the greatly anticipated flying car that has gone through several prototypes on the road to commercialization.

The sky-mobile, which could cost nearly $300,000 when it comes out in a few years, marked its first public demonstration of driving and flying as it sailed low above onlookers.

Check out some pics of the roadable aircraft at EAA here, and a compilation video of Jetman's unpowered glider flights below.

Which one of these gizmos would you rather have if you had to use one regularly?