Since the dawn of time, man has stared at the soaring birds with envious wonderment. If only we could have the bird’s view of the world. Many fools have broken their bones and lost their lives trying to master Bernoulli’s principle. It took two Ohio bicycle maker’s named Orville and Wilbur Wright to finally conquer the elusive flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. We’ve come a long way since then.
It’s taken almost a century to get to carbon fiber composites and mini-jet technology affixed to what the French Jetmen Yves Rossy and his protege, Vince Reffet were flying in the sky over Dubai in this spectacular video that’s been viewed 3 million times in just 3 days. Previous ‘jet packs’ seen in James Bond films were actually miniature rocket-powered packs with a flight time of about 30 seconds. What Jetmen Rossy and Reffet are strapped to are carbon fiber wings with 4 mini-jet engines that can remain in the air for almost 30 minutes!
Zipping around the sky like a bird at 100+ mph might seem like the ultimate thrill-ride because that’s what it is. The micro-jet packs are not commercially available as of yet. Previous jet-packs sold for $250,000+ and these will surely be double that though Rossy seems lost in the thrill of this glorious invention. Imagine where we’ll be in another 50 years. This video can make the faint of heart a bit dizzy.