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WATCH: "Jetman" Yves Rossy Flies Around Mt. Fuji at 190 MPH

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    Swiss aviator Yves Rossy can now add Japan's Mount Fuji to the list of famous terrains he has flown over with his jet-engine powered wings.

    The "Jetman" circled the snow-capped mountain nine times over the course of a week, with each flight lasting about 10 minutes. He flew at speeds near 190 mph at a height that reached12,000 feet.

    "I am the lucky guy who gets to do this, but I hope I can motivate the next generation of forward thinkers to do something different, to strive and achieve their goals, even if it seems impossible,” Rossy said in a press release.

    In the YouTube video below, Rossy is seen nosediving out of a helicopter and propelling through the air with a four-engined, carbon-Kevlar jetwing strapped to his back.

    Rossy is on sabbatical from Swiss International Airlines where he works as a captain. His previous stunts include a trip across the English Channel, a flight over the Grand Canyon and the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.

    “Flying here for me is a dream. It is such a contrast flying free with just a wing on my back, compared to being enclosed in a cockpit as an airline pilot," Rossy said.