details are emerging about "The World's First Practical
Jetpack" that will make its public debut at EAA AirVenture on
Tuesday, July 29.
The developers of the Martin Jetpack note
that the innovative technology will allow up to 30-minute flights and a
total engine life of 1,000 hours. Some 27 years of research and
development went into the jetpack, which has no direct competitors and
is a huge technological leap from the 25- to 30-second flights made by
the Bell Rocket Belt of the 1960s.
Several pilots (including the one
pictured with the jetpack) have made successful test flights as the
development group readies itself for its Oshkosh appearance.
The jetpack, which will be publicly
unveiled on AirVenture's AeroShell Square at 9:30 a.m. on July 29, has
unique patented technology that allows it to operate on regular-grade
gasoline and fly under FAA ultralight regulations. The developers will
also be presenting two forums during AirVenture to further discuss the
evolution of the jetpack.