Posted at 12:26 PM on May 15, 2008
by Sanden Totten
While America is marveling over the imagined technological feats of Robert Downey Jr., the Swiss are cheering on this guy.
Yves Rossy is a pilot, inventor and, um . . . a rocket man (cue the Elton John song).
Yesterday he strapped on a pair of homemade jet wings and gave a public demonstration of his flying machine. He flew over the Swiss alps at a speed of 186 miles per hour and apparently he even pulled off a 360 degree mid air roll. He was later quoted as saying: "that was to impress the girls."