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Like a 'Little Mosquito': 54-Year-Old 'Jetman' Flies 125 MPH Around Mt. Fuji

"’s spiritual, it is immense."

The 54-year-old known commonly known "Jetman," who has flown over the Swiss Alps, Rio de Janero and Grand Canyon in a specialized wingsuit, added Mt. Fuji to the list.

Soaring in front of Japan's highest mountain at an average speed of 125 miles per hour, Yves Rossy, a former Swiss air force pilot, said he felt like a "little mosquito," according to News Corp Australia.

It was his first flight in Asia.

jetman mt fuji Yves Rossy (a.k.a. Jetman) made his first flight in Asia last week. (Image source: Katsuhiko Tokunaga/Facebook)

Sponsored by the watch and instrument maker Breitling, Rossy circled Mt. Fuji not just once but nine times over a seven-day trip. In a dive, he topped out at 185 miles per hour.

Rossy's suit consists of a jet powered carbon-Kevlar fixed wing, weighing about 132 pounds.

jetman mt fuji Rossy's jetsuit weighs about 132 pounds and has been carrying him over iconic sights around the world. (Image source: Katsuhiko Tokunaga/Facebook)

“Flying here for me is a dream. It is such a contrast flying free with just a wing on my back, compared to being enclosed in a cockpit as an airline pilot," he said in a statement. "It is hard to describe the emotions and feeling of having an opportunity like this, it’s spiritual, it is immense. I am the lucky guy who gets to do this, but I hope I can motivate the next generation of forward thinkers to do something different, to strive and achieve their goals… even if it seems impossible."

Watch the jetman's historic flight:

Rossy's flight corresponds with the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relationships between Switzerland and Japan.




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