Rocket Man soars over Grand Canyon

A Swiss adventurer nicknamed Rocket Man has completed a flight over the Grand Canyon in a custom-built jet suit.

Yves Rossy was airborne for more than eight minutes, soaring 200ft above the canyon rim on the Hualapai Reservation, Arizona.

A planned flight before reporters on Friday was cancelled after Rossy determined it would be too challenging without any practice runs. The Federal Aviation Administration had given Rossy the green light less than an hour before he was scheduled to take flight.

The successful flight was made on Saturday and was announced by Rossy's sponsor, Swiss watchmaker Breitling. His team said he flew at speeds of up to 190mph before deploying his parachute and landing on the canyon floor.

The 51-year-old said the flight was among the most memorable experiences of his life.