Thu May 28, 2015 10:14AM
An aerial view taken from a sea plane shows Swiss pilot and original Jetman Yves Rossy (front) and Vince Reffet flying over Dubai's Palm Island, Dubai, United Arab Emirates May 12, 2015.
An aerial view taken from a sea plane shows Swiss pilot and original Jetman Yves Rossy (front) and Vince Reffet flying over Dubai's Palm Island, Dubai, United Arab Emirates May 12, 2015.

Yves Rossy and Vince Reffet have done a synchronized jetpack flight high above Dubai and the surrounding desert.

Rossy, a professional pilot from Switzerland, is a leading innovator in the field of propelled human flight, who has created his own custom jetpack after years of experimentation and customization. This flight represents the experience that he and his protégé, Reffet, have gathered during years of practice.

The jetpack Rossy designed is the closest that mankind has come to the jetpacks that we have all seen in sci-fi movies. They need the assistance of another aircraft to take flight, but can gain altitude and sustain flight for anywhere from 6 to 13 minutes at speeds between 180 and 300 km/h.