French jetman Vince Reffet successfully took off from the ground and flew high above Dubai on Friday (February 14).
Within seconds, Reffet reached more than 325 feet and within 30 seconds reached a height of 3,280 feet at an average speed of 130 knots.
The Crown Prince of Dubai shared a video to his Instagram account Monday showing the first autonomous human flight in the city via a vertical takeoff.
“A major milestone in the quest to achieve 100% autonomous human flight. Well done boys,” Sheik Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum captioned the post, along with the hashtags “#MissionHumanFlight #JetmanDubai #ExpoDubai2020.”
The video shows “Jetman” stuntman Vince Reffet suited in a carbon-fibre wing powered by four mini jet engine — taking off Friday like Super Man over Jumeirah Beach Residence.
Within seconds, Reffet reached more than 325 feet and within 30 seconds reached a height of 3,280 feet at an average speed of 130 knots, according to Gulf Today.
By the end of the three-minute flight, reaching an altitude of nearly 5,000 feet, Reffet opened a parachute and landed safely back at Skydive Dubai, according to the newspaper.
The feat marks the first time that one of Dubai’s “Jetmen” has taken off straight up in the air, according to Esquire Middle East.