PHOENIX (Reuters) - Few people say they witnessed it for themselves, but a Swiss daredevil dubbed Jetman said he made a successful weekend flight over the Grand Canyon in a custom-made, winged jet pack. Pilot Yves Rossy rocketed across a portion of the western end of the canyon owned by the Hualapai Indian Reservation on Saturday morning, according a statement released three days later by sponsors from the Swiss watch manufacturer Breitling. My first flight in the U.S. is sure to be one of the most memorable experiences in my life, not only for the sheer beauty of the Grand Canyon, but the honour to fly in sacred Native American lands, Rossy said in the statement. Thank you Mother Nature and the Hualapai Tribe for making my lifelong dreams come true, he said. The statement said Rossy was launched from a helicopter at 8,000 feet, then streaked over the rim of the canyon at speeds of up to 190 miles per hour before deploying a parachute to land safely on the canyon floor eight minutes later. At Breitlings invitation, a large group of reporters, photographers and television camera crews had flocked to the remote site in northeastern Arizona on Friday for what the company said would be a public exhibition of Rossys attempt to fly over the canyon.