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Jetman soars high above Dubai skyscrapers in breathtaking solo flight

French flier, Vince Reffet, has wowed the people of Dubai by jetting high above the city’s skyscrapers in another of his solo flights.

Wearing a carbon fibre wing powered by four mini jet engines, he flew to 1,800 metres (5900 feet) above sea level.

After taking off from a skydive runway, Reffet soared to his maximum height, where he performed a loop before opening his parachute and returning to the ground.

He took off from a skydive runway
Image: He took off from a skydive runway

Rising 100m (328ft) every eight seconds, he achieved a top speed of 150mph (241kmh).

The flight proved Jetman’s pilots can now fly directly upwards from a standing start without the need for an elevated platform.

It is also the first time one of the company’s pilots has taken off vertically – having previously had to jump out of a helicopter at high altitude.

Controlled by the human body, the equipment enables the Jetman to reach speeds of 248mph (400kmh), as well as hovering, changing direction and performing loops.

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Reffet was fitted with a pyrotechnic safety parachute in case of engine failure at low altitude and prepared with more than 50 practise flights beforehand.

Mr Reffet said: “We took off from the ground with the jetwing and basically we were controlling just the ‘u’ movement which is the turn, with a joystick.

“And then after that we just play a bit above the water, and then when everything was good and I went into flight, and climbed into altitude.

“It’s a big step for us because its the first time we are completely autonomous. We take off from the ground and then we went to altitude, to more than 1000 metres hulahooping and then I opened my parachute so it’s big!”

Mr Reffet is no stranger to breaking records – he previously took part in a base jump from the top of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai.

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