Boba Fett’s Got Nothing on You, Glenn Martin

My goodness, but this is extremely cool. Given global warming and the price of fuel, it’s undeniably self-indulgent to the point of Gaia abuse to fantasize about owning my own jetpack. But I can’t help it; I’m a sucker for fly-tech.

Inventor Glenn Martin has created a real, honest-to-guru working prototype of a jetpack, which recently took its first voyage at a flying contraptions fair in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Click on the image to watch the video and read about it at the Chicago Tribune.

(That, btw, is his 16-year-old son Harrison piloting it, neatly settling the debate over whether or not having an inventor for a parent is Teh Coolest! Thing! Evar!)

5 thoughts on “Boba Fett’s Got Nothing on You, Glenn Martin

  1. Yeah – I figure that with a little software and modern materials you could get one of these really humming.

    The other similar really cool toy is the Williams WASP/X-Jet. It uses a prehistoric (’70s) era cruise missile jet engine to provide a flying pulpit.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJARrc40imk

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