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Comments on First Jetpowered Flying Man
Apparently, the first successful jet-pack; it looks pretty good on YouTube. (Read the complete story)

"YES!!! F***ing amazing!!!"
(Britt 12/27/2006 3:35:57 PM)
"I think the Bell Rocket Belt (SRLD) counts as the first usable "jet pack" even if the usable flight time was lower. http://www.nasm.si.edu/research/dsh/artifacts/RM-RocketBelt.htm Bell also made an actual jet variant, which, while it had a longer flight time, was also much noisier. But unlike th e one in this article, neither of the old Bell rocket belts used wings, and both of them were capable of takeoff from standstill on the ground. (more like jumpjets in some computer games)"
(Ashley 12/28/2006 11:30:05 AM)
"Ashley - you're pretty much right - see the discussion in the article on Heinlein's jump harness. I should have said 'first guy to fly like a jet.'"
(Bill Christensen 12/28/2006 7:31:59 PM)
"Ah, musta missed that article on here. It's been a while since I saw the thing, and I was just putting something up quick. Tho I have been wondering about something. When I saw it at the Air Force museum about 9 years ago, (along with the XB-70) their displays listed an almost 10 minute max flight time for the rocket belt. Then, the last time I looked it up on the museum websites, (about 3 years ago) they listed it as only a 1.5 to 2 minute flight time. (closer to some of the flight times claimed online by people who cliam to have made their own rocket belts) And now they list it as only a 20 second max flight time on the official sites. I'd like to know which data is more accurate, and why this apparent lowering of the official listed flight time. Also, about the jump harness, I'd guess from his descriptions that it was an artificial-gravity assist, like the Drop Belts that James Schmitz used described (in more detail) in some of his books. It doesn't actually lift you like anti-grav, it just lowers the effect gravity has on you, (like being on the moon) so that your own muscles can move you much farther, tho you still have to be careful about inertia, and falling too far."
(Ashley 12/28/2006 11:19:11 PM)
"In the Internet story that starts out with a little boy asleep on a sailboat and ends up with his father battling terrorists in the Middle East, the father is given from a researcher for MI6 a flying suit that uses field displacement to allow the wearer to fly in the same way a UFO flies. He just pulls up the field generation straps, secures them in place, and powers up the suit. He can fly any distance and at incredible speed. He also has a flying Citroen that he can hide behind once he places it between himself and the building where terrorists are located who are firing at him. I would love to have such a suit because it would be silent and fast. "
(Rick Badman 12/30/2006 4:14:19 PM)
"wee-WEE, messier. Beavis says that was cool. Looks like the hinged folding wings did not fold out during powered flight, but looks like he did achieve some lift force."
(Dancing SpiderMan 12/31/2006 8:19:04 PM)
"Actually, the wings did fold out during most of the trips. Only during the one descent (in the video) did the wings stay folded, and that appeared to be to demonstrate the backup parachute system."
(Ashley 1/1/2007 12:28:51 PM)

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