Three Jetmen fly alongside eight Patrouille de France Alpha Jets in aerobatic display video

The Jetman project took to the sky above southern France with The Patrouille de France
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The Jetman project took to the sky above southern France with The Patrouille de France

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Superman!

It might look like a stunt from a superhero film but, in a world first, three men and eight French Airforce planes have flown alongside each other in a spectacular formation.

The Patrouille de France are known for their skillful aerobatic demonstrations but have gone above and beyond with The Jetmen; Yves Rossy, Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen.

​​The stunt flight over the South of France involved 16 different aircraft and lasted for about nine minutes.

The display team and Jetmen flew together at an altitude of 1200 m and a speed of 140 knots. According to Fugen, the men came within five metres of the aircraft. 

"There were eight Alpha Jets, three Jetmen, two helicopters that were dropping us, plus two more Alpha Jets who were there as a backup for videos, and one extra stunt plane, which means there were 16 elements in the air," Reffet, who was one of the "Jetmen" involved in the stunt, told Red Bull.

An aerial view taken from a sea plane shows Swiss pilot and original Jetman Yves Rossy (front) and Vince Reffett flying ...
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An aerial view taken from a sea plane shows Swiss pilot and original Jetman Yves Rossy (front) and Vince Reffett flying over Dubai's Palm Island, Dubai.

After getting in contact with the director of The Patrouille de France, who used to be a skydiver, plans were put into action. 

"We had two flying days with the planes: the first day we had two flights with two Alpha Jets and then the second day we did two flights with the whole Patrouille de France. When we did the first tests, mainly to test the speeds, he was in the planes, he was flying one," Fugen said.

However, it's not the first time a Jetman has been in the spotlight.

In 2015, Swiss daredevil Rossy flew alongside an Airbus A380.

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Powered by a jetpack, Rossy and his protege French parachutist Vince Reffet flew in tandem over the Emirate, providing us with unparalled views of the Burj Khalifa and the Pam Jumeira.

Rossy told What'sOn "I've always wanted to become like a bird. I wanted to have the freedom of a skydiver but the displacement of an aviator. You fly as free as a skydiver but with the movement of a pilot."

Yves Rossy, known as the Jetman, flies in front of Mount Fuji on November 1, 2013.

Yves Rossy, known as the Jetman, flies in front of Mount Fuji on November 1, 2013.

Rossy is known as the world's first man to fly with fitted jet-fuel powered wings strapped to his back. He has flown over the Grand Canyon, the English Channel and Mount Fuji. 

 

 - Stuff

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