Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Tired of Airlines, Try Your Own Jet Pack

Yesterday, inventor Glenn Martin rolled out his invention and an alternative to the network of hopelessly screwed up air carriers, the personal jet pack. The pack is a 250-pound piano-sized contraption that people settle into rather than strap on.

As thousands looked on Tuesday, the inventor's 16-year-old son donned a helmet, fastened himself to a prototype Martin jet pack and revved the engine, which sounded like a motorcycle. Harrison Martin eased about three feet off the ground, the engine roaring with a whine so loud that some kids covered their ears.

With two spotters preventing the jet pack from drifting in a mild wind, the pilot hovered for 45 seconds and then set the device down as the audience applauded.

With any hope in the near future, you will no longer have to endure the pride swollowing seige of todays air travel and strap on your jet pack for your next business trip to Cleveland. The FAA still classifies the pack as a personal air device which does not require a license. We can all dream anyhow.

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