Not a special effect: Two guys fly in jetpacks with an A380 plane

Greg Keraghosian
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Not a special effect: Two guys fly in jetpacks with an A380 plane

Not a special effect: Two guys fly in jetpacks with an A380 plane

Can two guys flying jetpacks safely keep up with the world’s largest passenger plane? The answer is yes, and it’s a thrill to watch.

Swiss daredevil Yves “Jetman” Rossy and his co-Jetman, Vince Reffet, filmed an incredible stunt flying with an Emirates airline A380 from 4,000 feet over Dubai. You can see the video in 4K resolution as they fly right by the plane’s wing over landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa and Palm Jumeirah.

The video may seem wild, but every sequence was carefully choreographed in advance, with a smaller aircraft filming the airliner and the two jetmen, who went up in a helicopter.

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“When you first heard about it, it was madness,” says Gareth Lloyd Evans, manager, of flight operations for Emirates, in a separate video on how the movie was made. “But then as we worked through the process and identified the risks… it became more of a challenge to show our skills.”

The carbon fibre wings used by the stuntmen create 88 pounds of thrust, just a bit shy of the A380’s 70,000 pounds per engine. The jetmen had 10 minutes to fly.

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“The A380 is this big machine, we never flew with it before and we trained as much as possible, Reffet says in the film. “But then when we see the helicopter, there is this little part of the unknown.”

This article originally appeared on Yahoo Travel.