Jetman Dubai combined the technology of jetpacks and wingsuits, developing a Jetwing suit capable of launching from the ground into high-altitude flight.
While pilots had typically launched from points of elevation, in February, Reffet became the first person to pilot one from the ground to the skies, earning him the nickname "real life Iron Man" in headlines across the world.
The highly maneuverable Jetwings can fly from hovering standstill to more than 250mph, and can climb to altitudes of 20,000 feet, but are restricted to 13 minutes of flight.
Vince was also one half of Red Bull's Soul Flyers; his long time flight partner and fellow Jetman Frédéric Fugen posted this captionless pic as the tragic news broke:
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