Since the beginning of time man has dreamed of flying as free as a bird. Today, that dream is a reality. The Martin Jetpack is the world’s first practical jetpack.
This is possible thanks to a device designed and built by Martin Aircraft of Christchurch, New Zealand. In the video below, you can watch a recent outdoor test where the flight lasted seven minutes, a new record for this particular model.
The jetpack is controlled by a person on the ground via radiolink. In this case, the pilot was a dummy called Jetson, used to provide counterweight. Although the pack weighs about 113 kilograms, it can support a pilot weighing almost 15 kilograms more. It’s made primarily of carbon fibre and can carry enough gas to stay aloft for 30 minutes at around 97 kilometres an hour – enough time for a short journey to work.