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Flying Over Dubai via Jetpack Looks Like a Definitive Hoot

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | May 12, 2015

Flying Over Dubai via Jetpack Looks Like a Definitive Hoot

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Like a pacifistic version of Iron Man and War Machine, Yves Rossy and Vince Reffet soared over Dubai wearing futuristic conveyances ripped from the pages of science fiction.    

The following video (h/t Digg) features two men who managed to tour Dubai in something far more remarkable than the ridiculously expensive cars that bustle about the roads.

Instead, they strapped jetpacks to their respective backs and jumped out of a perfectly fine helicopter, which led to buzzing about the desert and the area’s famed skyline, for what was eventually a captivating video.

Here is that video thanks to YouTube channel XDubai:

One day, if Rossy’s dreams are realized, we will get to travel the world by air. Rather than confined to a car, we will be liberated. In Rossy’s words, it will mean we are truly, “completely free.”

Those of us with a fear of heights will gladly continue taking the cold and dark subway or the congested bus.

But to those with bravery and a handy jetpack in tow, do you. We are truly jealous of what it must be like to see some locale like Dubai from a rare vantage point.

It’s one thing to hop on a helicopter or plane and see Dubai from high above the city streets.

It’s quite another to whiz by towers like a human who has finally evolved to appreciate an actual bird’s-eye view of the planet.

From this 4K video, we have to say that the opportunity would be a breathtaking one. But until we get our own jetpacks, which science fiction promised long ago, we will have to continue to simply imagine. 

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