JEROEN VOGELAAR: Aviation Photographs


Jet Man

Jet Man Yves Rossy

Yves Rossy (born 27 August 1959) is a Swiss pilot and aviation enthusiast. He is known as the inventor of an individual jet pack which uses carbon-fiber wings for flight.

Developmental flights

  • 2008, Rossy made a flight over the Alps Mountain Range
  • November 2009, Rossy attempted a crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar, hoping to be the first person to fly between two continents using a jetpack. Rossy was forced to ditch into the sea; picked up (ten minutes later) by his support helicopter
  • 5 November 2010, Rossy flew a new version of his jet-powered flight system and successfully performed two aerial loops before landing via parachute
  • 7 May 2011, Rossy reportedly flew above the Grand Canyon in Arizona

Jet Man Yves Rossy


Solar Impulse

Solar Impulse 2 HB-SIB

Solar Impulse is a Swiss long-range solar-powered aircraft project. It is led by Swiss psychiatrist and aeronaut Bertrand Piccard, who co-piloted the first balloon to circle the world non-stop, and Swiss businessman André Borschberg. The privately financed project hopes to achieve the first circumnavigation of the Earth by a piloted fixed-wing aircraft using only solar power.

  • Role: Experimental solar-powered aircraft
  • National origin: Switzerland
  • Manufacturer: Solar Impulse
  • First flight: Solar Impulse HB-SIA 3 December 2009, Solar Impulse 2 HB-SIB 2 June 2014
  • Number built: 2

Specifications Solar Impulse 2 HB-SIB

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 22.4 m (73.5 ft)
  • Wingspan: 71.9 m (236 ft)
  • Height: 6.37 m (20.9 ft)
  • Wing area: 17,248 photovoltaic cells (269.5 m2)
  • Loaded weight: 2,300 kg (5,100 lb)
  • Powerplant: 4 × electric motors, 4 lithium-ion batteries (633 kg), providing 13 kW (17.4 HP) each
  • Propeller diameter: 4 m (13.1 ft)
  • Take-off speed: 35 kilometres per hour (22 mph)


  • Maximum speed: 77 kts (140 km/h) 49 kts
  • Cruise speed: 90 km/h
  • Service ceiling: 8,500 m (27,900 ft) with a maximum altitude of 12,000 metres (39,000 ft)

Planned circumnavigation flight

The flight is expected to circle the world in the northern hemisphere; the closest it will get to the equator will be a flyby of Honolulu at 21.3° N. Five stops are planned to allow changes of pilots. Each leg of the flight will last three to four days, limited by the physiology of each pilot.

The route is expected to be as follows:

  • Abu Dhabi to Muscat, Oman
  • Across the Arabian Sea to Ahmedabad and Varanasi, India
  • Mandalay, Myanmar
  • Chongqing and Nanjing, China
  • Across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii and then Phoenix, Arizona
  • New York
  • Across the Atlantic Ocean to either southern Europe or Morocco
  • Finally to Abu Dhabi