Cool story from Popular Science!

A 49 year-old Swiss pilot and amateur aeronautical engineer named Yves Rossy strapped on this flying wing and dropped out of a plane near the English Channel.


His wing is a fiberglass shell wrapped around a carbon-fiber skeleton and stuffed with an electronic control unit, wires and two fiberglass tanks each holding 3.5 gallons of jet fuel. That’s just enough to cross the Channel, doing it at nine minutes and 32 seconds, his longest flight.
Its not quite the jet packs that all the sci-fi stories and films promised, but I’ll take it!