Man Wearing 'World's Only Real Jetpack' Takes It For A Trip To The Statue Of Liberty

November 12, 2015

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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.

  • Markas Paliokas

    so whats new here? flight location ? this is old news

  • I feel like this was posted just for me after my whole issue with the "wearable miniature airplanes". Thanks bro.

  • Jason Christopher

    The 10 min flight time is a shame. But this is still awesome!

  • Zachary Zarko

    10 minutes is actually pretty impressive for a wearable jet engine. I imagine the actual flight time is 11 or 12 minutes - but flights are limited to 10 minutes to avoid running out of fuel.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Knowing how other things in aeronautics are it's probably got a solid 20 to 25 minute maximum burn time but they keep you at 10 so you have fuel to land in case you go overboard.

  • Gingerbread

    Now, get that thing on your back, detach wheels from skateboard, attach skateboard to feet. I just invented the functional hoverboard!

  • Mr. Bones

    it'd be more of a jetboard... but would make for some cool Silver Surfer shenanigans!

  • Gingerbread

    Still better than magnets tho

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