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The International Albuquerque Ballon Fiesta 2010

by on Oct.13, 2010, under General

The International Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta was held October 2-10 this year with more than 700 participating balloons. Attending the event is a great way to experience the very uplifting world of ballooning.

A great ballooning event

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Knapp with his “Wounded Warrior” balloon showed a great cause by taking up wounded soldiers for flights. He is a board member of the Balloon Federation of America and part of the Board of Advisors for Friends of Aviation.

Click here for a news account of the project and people he helped. Stay tuned for a more complete account and more photos from this great event on this blog.

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Airplane or a Bird? No, “It is Jetman Yves Rossy!”

by on Oct.02, 2010, under General

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Fiction or Fantasy? No what you see is real!

Yves Rossi from Switzerland became the first and only aviator in history to fly with a jet propelled wing, when he launched on his first flight with the initial version of his wing in 2006 in Switzerland. With a background in the Swiss Air Force as a jet fighter pilot, and as a former Captain of Swiss International Air Lines, Yves has always been passionate about aviation. He always had a dream to fly in the most natural possible way.

Yves experimented with sky surfing and wingsuits but was not fully satisfied with this as a natural way to fly and developed a way of flying a jet propelled wing.

He has been featured in National Geographics and other international publications and TV programs and in September this year made his debut in the US. At the Jersey International Air Display on September 9th he demonstrated his very unique concept of human flight!

An HD video was produced of his flight which you can see by clicking here or on the photo at the top of this article.

Yves has had many unique flights with his jet wings and what he has accomplished so far is nothing short of amazing.

In September 2008, close to 100 years after Louis Bleriot’s flight across the English Channel, Yves followed the path of Bleriot and made an amazing 10 minute long flight from the Coast of England to Cain in France. This was broadcast live to 165 countries and made headlines all over the world.

On July 2nd, 2010, during the Breitling Flying days in Buochs, Switzerland, Yves Rossy presented his formation and precision flight abilities by flying together with and around the Breitling Wingwalkers. After jumping out of a Pilatus PC-6 at an altitude of 3,500 meters (11,483-feet), Rossy made his way down to two Boeing Stearman wingwalker biplanes, which were waiting for him at an altitude of 1,000 meters (3,280-feet). Rossy flew alongside the Breitling Wingwalkers for more than six minutes separated by distances of only a few meters.

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Rossy was born on August 27th, 1959 in Switzerland. After attending an airshow and admiring military jets when he was 13, he decided that was what he wanted to do. He succeeded in becoming a military pilot, was assigned on the Hawker Hunter, and later Mirage III. After his career in the Air Force, he has worked as a captain with Swiss International Air Lines on commercial flights on Boeing and Airbus airliners.

A true example of what a man can accomplish when he follows his dreams!

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