It's not a bird, it's not a plane, it's not Superman. It's Yves Rossy, a.k.a. Jetman.

Jetman is a Swiss pilot who in 2006 became the first and only man in history to fly a jet-propelled wing.

Rossy explains on his website how he became interested in flying with a jet-propelled wing:

Yves has always dedicated all his free time to flight and experimented all its forms. His dream was however to try to fly in the most natural way possible, by removing the need for the complicated enclosure an aircraft is, his website says. He was therefore drawn to the world of free fall, and experimented by trial and error all ways that could allow him to stay longer in the air and control his trajectory, to turn a fall into a flight: sky surf, wingsuit. Still not satisfied, he developed his first real wing, made of a rigid harness and inflatable wing panels, that he was to strap to his back to exceed the performance of all other attempts at falling forward that existed at the time.

The Swiss aviator dropped from a helicopter and deployed the jet-powered carbon-kevlar Jetwing and used his body to steer as he flew over the city before landing on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during a flight yesterday.

Jetman's flight can only be described as breathtaking as he passed over Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue and Brazil's beautiful beaches.

In September 2008, Jetman crossed the English Channel on his Jetwing 99 years after Louis Bleriot accomplished the feat by plane.

Click through the slideshow to see photos of Jetman soaring through the air on his Jetwing.