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I've wanted an ultralight for a long time, but I promised certain folks that I wouldn't get one until the kids are out of college ( a reasonable requirement).

But I think the dream's changing:

'Rocket Man' Soars Across English Channel
Friday, September 26, 2008
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Image:OK, I gotta get me one of these: ’Rocket Man’ Soars Across English Channel

LONDON —  A Swiss daredevil crossed the English Channel strapped to a homemade jet-propelled wing Friday, parachuting into a field near the white cliffs of Dover after a 10-minute solo flight.

Yves Rossy leapt from a plane at more than 8,800 feet, fired up his jets and made the 22-mile trip from Calais in France in about 10 minutes.

Rossy passed over a thin strip of land in front of South Foreland lighthouse, looped over onlookers and opened his parachute, his wings still strapped to his back.

"It was perfect. Blue sky, sunny, no clouds, perfect conditions," he said. "We prepared everything and it was great."

Oh, yeah.

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Craig Wiseman September 26th, 2008 10:57:49 AM