Oh, HERE'S My Jetpack
Kym of Thinking in Vain and Copyranter of Copyranter both alerted me to a story in the news today of an inventor in Mexico named Juan Manuel Lozano Gallegos, who claims to have invented a jetpack, or "RocketBelt," as he calls it.
- His only successful flights have been tethered, and even then, he's spinning uncontrollably just 4 feet off the ground.
- His design is a copy of the same jetpack invented in 1961, seen in an old James Bond film and at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
- His supposedly successful untethered flight is only shown in photos, and in those photos he is 2 inches off the ground.
- His RocketBelt weighs 70 lbs.
- His RocketBelt makes a noise very similiar to that of a real commercial jet.
- His RocketBelt will set you back $250,000, which he claims you can quickly make up through "special events, promotions, advertising, elections campaigns, concerts, movies, TV commercials etc."
Not buying, Juan. Until these babies are lighter, cheaper, quieter - oh yeah - and ACTUALLY FLY, I am not your customer.
So, the blog title will remain what it is and the question is still a valid one.
I had something like these in mind.
Image above from the book Skyjets for Fliers of Tomorrow
©1954, by Albert Whitman & Company, Chicago.