Say #HelloJetman. In a rare spectacle far above the city of Dubai, two men flew with jetpacks alongside the world’s largest passenger aircraft. Some 4,000 feet above the city skyline, the air show paired Jetman Dubai and Emirates Airlines in a planned stunt which has the internet abuzz with virtual incredulity. Fortunately, the whole amazing thing was captured in video, which you can see after the jump.
The video, shot from several angles and edited together with a truly epic theme song, shows two high-flying daredevils descending through the sky to escort the Airbus A380, a double-decker jumbo jet that holds the designation as being the largest passenger plane on Earth. The flight path took the plane and its jet-propelled sidekicks over Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.
The stunt artists, Yves Rossy and Vince Reffet, were deployed from a helicopter that was 1,500 feet above the aircraft, and fell into formation with the giant jet around 4,000 feet in the sky. The duo flew with the Airbus for several minutes before peeling off on their own course and, presumably, returning safely to the ground without incident. The stunt was reportedly orchestrated for an advertising campaign, but that hasn’t stopped sky enthusiasts around the world from sharing the video in excitement and congratulating the team for making aviation history.
This new jetpack video comes at a welcome time, when just a few short weeks ago, the world was lamenting the lack of hoverboard technology in the world on Back to the Future Day.
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