'Jetman' flies over Grand Canyon

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Yves "Jetman" Rossy soars over the Grand Canyon. By Jennifer Thomas Yves "Jetman" Rossy soars over the Grand Canyon. By Jennifer Thomas
Yves "Jetman" Rossy soars over the Grand Canyon. By Jennifer Thomas Yves "Jetman" Rossy soars over the Grand Canyon. By Jennifer Thomas
Yves "Jetman" Rossy launched from a helicopter at 8,000 feet. By Jennifer Thomas Yves "Jetman" Rossy launched from a helicopter at 8,000 feet. By Jennifer Thomas

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. -- A Swiss adventurer has completed a flight over the Grand Canyon with his jet-propelled wing attached to his back.

Yves "Jetman" Rossy launched from a helicopter at 8,000 feet on Saturday and was airborne for more than eight minutes, soaring 200 feet above the rim of the Grand Canyon on the Hualapai Reservation.

Rossy's sponsor, Swiss watchmaker Breitling, announced the successful flight Tuesday. Rossy's team said the former fighter pilot reached speeds of up to 190 mph before deploying his parachute and landing on the canyon floor.

A flight scheduled for Friday was canceled when Federal Aviation Administration certification was held up and Rossy did not have time for sufficient practice flights.

"My first flight in the U.S. is sure to be one of the most memorable experiences in my life, not only for the sheer beauty of the Grand Canyon but the honor to fly in sacred Native American lands," Rossy said.

The 51-year-old also flew his wingsuit across Lake Geneva in Switzerland and the English Channel.