Swiss jetman Yves Rossy recently completed his first flight in Asia, soaring past Mount Fuji in a stunt to celebrate the the historic landmark’s addition to the World Heritage List as a cultural site this past June. The 54-year-old daredevil use a carbon-Kevlar wing with four engines to achieve the feat (which he built himself), reaching speeds of up to 185 mph. According to Rossy, flying over Mount Fuji was a dream and a huge “contras” to seeing it in an airplane cockpit as a pilot.
“It is hard to describe the emotions and feeling of having an opportunity like this, it’s spiritual, it is immense,” he said. “I am the lucky guy who gets to do this, but I hope I can motivate the next generation of forward thinkers to do something different, to strive and achieve their goals… even if it seems impossible.” He had to jump off a helicopter to fly and operates his jetsuit with a hand throttle. and to land, he has to use a parachute because the wing doesn’t have enough power to pull itself up on its own. Other stunts of his include crossing the English Channel, flying ver the Grand Canyon and soaring above Rio de Janeiro.