Valentine’s Day was extra special for Jetman Dubai pilot Vince Reffet.
Wearing a jet-powered, carbon-fiber suit, the pilot was able to take off from the ground, hover at low altitude and then transition into high altitude flight — a feat never before accomplished in one flight according to the New York Post.
Breaking jetpack records doesn’t come easy. Reffet was able to perfect his technique with the help of 50 practice flights, as well as 100 practice takeoffs and landings — all with extensive safety mechanisms installed, according to Gizmodo. Everything about the flight was planned to the “split second,” Reffet said in a statement.
XDubai shared an HD video of the 3-minute flight on Monday. The video description details Reffet’s flight. He flew 100 meters in just 8 seconds, performed a roll and a loop, and reached a top speed of 130 knots — 150 mph — and that isn’t even the fastest he could’ve gone. The Jetman jetpack can carry a human through the air at speeds of up to 250 miles per hour, Yahoo! News reported.
The flight received praise from the Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who shared the video on his Instagram account with the caption “Well done boys.”
Reffet used a parachute in order to land the jetpack after his high altitude flight — which peaked at nearly 6,000 feet according to CNN.
The next step for Jetman Dubai, the company said in a statement, is crafting a parachute-free landing.