This is a video of David Mayman, president of Jetpack Aviation and inventor of the JB-9 jetpack, taking the thing for a trip across the Hudson River to the Statue Of Liberty. David claims the jetpack is the only 'real' jetpack in the world because 1. it's small and light enough to be worn on the back and doesn't require a stand to support its weight 2. it's jet-engine powered and runs on kerosene (with a flight time of around 10 minutes) and 3. is capable of vertical takeoff and landing. Is it really the only pack that meets those criteria? I have no clue, and I don't feel like looking it up. The pack is capable of a vertical climb of 500 - 1,000 feet a minute, with a max altitude of 10,000 feet before you run out of fuel and plummet to your death. It has a horizontal speed of about 62MPH (100km/h), but David says the next model will be able to go about twice as fast. I just want to fly one before I die. Which, if my doctor's predictions are accurate, will be in March of 2014. "That's already passed." Amazing, right? And I still go to him. You know why? "Because he's already seen your privates and you don't want to have to show them to anybody new." Ahahahahahhaa, I already told you that?! I really open myself up to you, I hope you appreciate it.
Keep going for the video, then somebody let me test their prototype jetpack.
Thanks to browneyedgirl, who dreams of a day when we're all jetpacking around crashing into each other and getting electrocuted on power lines.