Jetpack daredevils take flight alongside Airbus A380

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A Jetman Dubai pilot soars to catch up with an Emirates A380 commercial jet.
A Jetman Dubai pilot soars to catch up with an Emirates A380 commercial jet.
Photo: Jetman Dubai

We were all supposed to have personal jetpacks by now. But keeping them in the air for any length of time has made them impractical, so to get our futuristic fix we have to settle for Buzz Lightyear or James Bond from the 1965 movie Thunderball.

But check out jetpack pilots Yves Rossy and Vince Reffet, of the Jetman Dubai team, who recently conducted a fantastic formation flight over the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai with an Emirates A380 commercial jet.

That future where we fly around with jetpacks will arrive soon

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First responders could be flying in and out of hot spots with the Martin Jetpack by next year.
First responders could be flying in and out of hot spots with the Martin Jetpack by next year.
Photo: Martin Aircraft Company

We’ve been promised jetpacks since the 1950s and dreaming about them even longer. Just hang on a couple more years.

Plenty of time to save the $150,000 it will cost to buy the Martin Jetpack, which promises to be the first practical jetpack ready for vertical liftoff.

The Martin Aircraft Company has been conducting research and development on personal jet packs for a couple of decades. Even before it became a privately funded company, its founder Glenn Martin had been tinkering with the idea of something that can fly longer than 30 seconds since the early 1980s.

Jetpack duo soars over Dubai in astonishing 4K video

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Jetman Yves Rossy and his new stuntman sidekick Vince Reffet fly in formation over Dubai. Photo: XDubai/YouTube
Jetman Yves Rossy and his new stuntman sidekick Vince Reffet fly in formation over Dubai. Photo: XDubai/YouTube

They promised us all jetpacks — these guys got them and took them to one of the world’s most remarkable locales. And you get to ride along if you dare.

The latest eye-popping (and possibly stomach-churning) video from Yves Rossy (aka the Jetman) shows the Swiss daredevil inventor and his new sidekick soaring in formation over desert sands and Dubai’s awesome skyline with nothing but jetpacks and a total lack of fear.