Vincent Reffet Wiki – Vincent Reffet Biography
Vincent Reffet was a French stuntman, who was famous for airborne feats using jetpacks and carbon-fibre wing packs. He has been killed in a training accident in Dubai.
Reffet was part of the company Jetman Dubai. He went viral for flights over the Gulf city’s waterfront and the Alps.
He was 36 years old.
Vincent Reffet Dies
One of Dubai’s “jetmen”, whose flights over the world’s tallest building and alongside a jumbo jet with engines strapped to his back have wowed watchers online, died on Tuesday while training in the desert, his organisation said.
Vincent Reffet, 36, of Annecy, France, killed during training, Jetman Dubai said in a statement. The organisation did not elaborate, though it said it was “working closely with all relevant authorities”.
“Vince was a talented athlete, and a much-loved and respected member of our team,” its statement said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who knew and worked with him.”
Reffet had Base jumped off the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world’s tallest building at 828 metres (2,716ft), setting a world record. The base is an acronym for building, antenna, span and earth, the four categories of the object from which people jump. He had also earned gold medals while competing as a free-flying skydiver and competed as an extreme athlete sponsored by Red Bull.
But the public in Dubai came to know Reffet best as part of Jetman Dubai, founded by the Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy, whose athletes zip across the sky with a four-engine, carbon-Kevlar wing strapped to their backs. The wings can fly 30 miles (50km), have a maximum speed of over 248mph (400km/h) and can reach an altitude of 6,100 metres (20,000ft).
Under the brand of XDubai, which is associated with the crown prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the jetmen have flown past the Burj Khalifa and other sites around the city-state.
In 2015, Reffet and Rossy flew alongside an Emirates Airbus A380 double-decker jetliner over Dubai.