Dead Vince Reffet, the jetman who defied the planes

The 36-year-old died in a training accident on November 17 in the desert of the United Arab Emirates. With his stunts he had enchanted the world: in 2015 he flanked a plane in flight with a companion

The 36-year-old Frenchman Vincent “Vince” Reffet, a member of the “Jetman Dubai” team that for years has been performing spectacular performances flying over the skies of the Gulf city, died on November 17 in an accident that occurred during an exercise right in the desert of the Emirates. United Arabs. His passing has thrown his team into despair: “Our thoughts go out to his family and everyone who worked with him. We feel unimaginable sadness. Vince was a talented athlete and a much loved and respected member of team. ”Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, heir to the throne of Dubai and president of the Executive Council, recalled him on Instagram with the message“ We will miss you ”.

Who was Reffet

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Originally from Annecy, France, he started parachuting as a teenager. Over the years he had established himself as one of the most famous jetmen in the world. His flights and stunts with a jetpack or a wingsuit on Dubai flights have often gone viral on social media. Reffet was the first to fly from the ground (Jetpack pilots launch from high altitudes, such as mountains or helicopters). After experiences as a skydiver and extreme athlete, he also tried his hand at combined skydiving on Mont Blanc and jumped from the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest skyscraper in the world.

The enterprise of 2015

In 2015 he achieved fame around the globe, along with colleague Yves Rossy, when he jumped from a helicopter to acrobatically flank an Emirates Airbus A380. He did this with the help of a carbon wing attached to the back of the plane flying more than 1000 meters above Dubai.


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