His company hired Vincent Raffet, a French stuntman known for planes using jetpacks in Dubai, as well as jumpers and aerial tricks from the world’s highest towers and tallest mountains, during a training session on Tuesday. Told. He was 36 years old.
A free-flying world champion and avid jumper (Towing includes a jump from the stable Objects rather than planes), Mr. Raffet did breathtaking feats, including breaking records 2,700 feet jump from a platform above the Burj KhalifaThe tallest building in the world, and A Midair dive in a plane From a 13,000-foot mountain in Switzerland.
Jetman Dubai, of which he was a member, confirmed his death but provided no further information. Police from the General Civil Aviation Authority of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates did not respond to requests for comment.
“Vince was a talented athlete and a much-loved and respected member of our team,” Jetman Dubai said in a statement, saying the group was working with officials.
Mr. Raffet’s stature grew in 2015 when he caught the attention of Yves Rossi, a Swiss aviation enthusiast who became the first person to fly with a jet-propelled wing and later Mr. Invites Raffet to become the second “Jetman” for his group.
In Dubai, the group works with XDubai, an extreme sports brand backed by the prince of the Taj. In a stunt that went viral, the pair flew with a jetpack There is an Emirates Airbus 380 over DubaiThe world’s largest passenger aircraft.
The son of two sky divers, Mr. Raffet grew up in Annecy, eastern France. According to a biography, he was introduced to the world of aerial stunts in early 2000, his first solo jump in 2000. Redbull’s Site, The energy drink that sponsored him. Many of his feats were done with his friend and close associate Frederick Fugen, with whom he also started Soul flyerA team of parachutists and jumpers.
In the interview, Mr. Raffett spoke of the liberation that flying with a jetpack would make him feel and enjoy.
“It’s a feeling of freedom,” he told the Associated Press in 2015. “When I’m skydiving, I like this feeling of freedom – I can go pretty much where I want – but always going down.” With the jetpack, he said, “I can fly like a bird.”
BASE jumping is one of the most dangerous recreational sports in the world, and even with a jetpack, Mr. Raffett was aware of the dangers involved in his stunts.
“To be completely autonomous is a risk, you know, to lose your life. Something has gone wrong, you have to act fast, “he said”Machan: The Jetman Story, “A Documentary. And the excitement of tricks like jumping in a plane over the Swiss mountains was a “mental” battle that would leave a person “sick to your stomach”. Agence-France Presse News Agency Last Month.
His feats on the skyline of Dubai, Europe’s highest mountain-like landscape Mont blanc And Tianmen Cave In China, shot in high definition and posted to YouTube, bringing audiences around the world to the experience.
4In February, he completed what Jetman Dubai had previously said: Taking the jetpack off the ground Before making a high-altitude flight, a trick is reminiscent of the Marvel hero Iron Man.
He also said recently On social media There was “too much to come.”
Fans paid tribute to Mr. Raffet Her instagram page On Wednesday, some said they inspired him to enter the game. “You and Fred are both the reason I started jumping 7 years ago,” one wrote, referring to his colleague Mr. Fugen. “Free-flying forever.”