BEX, Switzerland — As part of a celebration of aviation, Yves “Jetman” Rossy took to the skies with fellow Breitling Flyer pilot Nigel Lamb in the renowned Spitfire MH434.
The Mk IXB Spitfire, operated by Old Flying Machine Company and normally based in Duxford in the UK was invited by Toni Kupfer, former president of Bex Aeroclub, to display at the airfield’s annual fly-in where the aircraft has been a favorite participant since its first appearance in 1976. Bex aerodrome, near Geneva is also the home base of the aviator Yves Rossy and serves as a development area for his Jetman project.
“To take this occasion to fly in formation with this wonderful machine is an incredible experience,” Rossy said. “We were very fortunate to have the assistance of the TBM Avenger piloted by Laurent Calame, to act as a camera-ship and I would really like to thank everyone involved, at Bex, OFMC (Old Flying Machine Company) and Breitling to help make this happen.
“Since my technology is getting more and more reliable I am very confident about these types of flights,” he continued. “I can relax and enjoy such a fantastic experience. Under my wing I am free, I have the perfect view!”
This is the latest in the series of formation flights for Rossy. He has now flown alongside the Stearman aircraft of the Breitling Wingwalkers, two L-39c Albatross Jets of the Breitling Jet Team and most recently, he reenacted a ‘superman’ flight flying alongside a DC3 aircraft with 20 passengers on board.