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Vince Reffet, the “flying man”, died in an accident in Dubai


The “flying man”, Vince Reffet, author of spectacular feats with his Soul Flyers sidekick Fred Fugen in flight in a wingsuit (in winged suit) or in a jetman (equipped with minjets), died Tuesday in an accident during a workout, said a spokesperson for Jetman Dubai. “L’Obs” invites you to relive three of his craziest flights in the video below.

36-year-old Vince Reffet was known to have entered a plane in midair in 2017, but also to have soared from the tallest tower in the world, the Burj Khalifa (828 m) in Dubai, by flying next to an Emirates A380 or the Patrouille de France in 2016. Jetman Dubai spokesman Abdallah ben Habtour said:

“It is with unimaginable sadness that we announce the passing of Jetman pilot Vincent (Vince) Reffet, who passed away this morning, November 17th, during training in Dubai.
Vince was a talented athlete, and a much loved and respected member of our team. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all who knew and worked with him. “

The accident, which occurred at the Jetman base in the desert on the outskirts of the city, is currently under investigation, said Abdullah bin Habtour.

Take off from the ground, a world first

The exploits of the sportsman, a former member of the French skydiving team and associated for twenty years with Fred Fugen (41), went viral at the start of the year, with a video of him taking off from the ground and taking off at an altitude of 1,800 meters, a world first.

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To achieve this feat, Vince Reffet was fitted with a carbon fiber wing propelled by four jet engines. Controlled by the human body, the equipment enables the Jetman to reach speeds of 400 km / h, hover, change direction and perform loops.

The Jetman Dubai team also includes a UAE apprentice pilot, Ahmed Al Shehhi. In October, the youngest of Soul Flyers, Vince Reffet, had confided:

“It’s something unique, there are three of us in the world [] There is everything to do, everything we do is something new. We have so many dreams and life is so short. “

With his sidekick Fred Fugen, he also crossed the famous Gate of Heaven at the end of 2019 – an opening 130 meters high and 30 meters wide, in the mountainous park of Mount Tianmen, located in the province of Hunan, in the south of China.



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