Jetpack Dreams

That most silly and pointless and inutile, yet much desired of flight mechanisms, the jetpack, is back in the news. You can read a New York Times piece about the latest model here.

And a review copy of this book recently arrived in my mailbox, portending lots of fun.

Yet such mechanisms pale before the magnificently insane accomplishment of Yves Rossy, who, a couple of years ago, basically turned himself into Iron Man. Watch his jet-powered flight below.

     Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 29, 2008
     Category: Eccentrics | Flight | Inventions | Literature | Science Fiction | Movies | Obsessions | Pop Culture | Technology | Travel | Yesterday’s Tomorrows

Kingmonkey--an excellent, more precise comparison, to an underappreciated hero.
Posted by Paul on 07/29/08 at 02:38 PM
This new jet pack is going for $100k. At the prices airlines are charging today this may be a bargain.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 07/30/08 at 12:15 AM
Expat47--"Boy, I just flew in from the coast, and is my jetpack hot!"
Posted by Paul on 07/30/08 at 09:39 AM
Stumpy Joe--check out the io9 SF site for a recent post on why jetpacks are silly. You can leave a good rebuttal there, I'm sure, and get some controversy going!
Posted by Paul on 07/30/08 at 09:42 AM
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