Martin Jetpack public test flights taking off in early 2010


I found such devices very exciting at one point but over my lifetime I have experienced so many things that I have lost my taste. I guess some find it a thrill to hover at 3 feet or travel at 6 miles per hour. I don’t know but I would not. You can put a camcorder on a RC airplane and watch the movie later. That is far more thrilling than this trip. And the cost?


Those crazy Kiwis at Martin Jetpack like to pop in every now and then to show off their eponymous flying craft, and though we still don’t have a timeframe for plunking down $150,000 to own one and donning our best Boba Fett costume for the inaugural flight home, the company is making accommodations. Starting early next year in its hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand, you’ll be able to try out the flight pack yourself as part of the Martin Jetpack Experience. The “low, slow” thrill ride won’t hover above 3.3 feet or go faster than 6.2 miles per hour, but according to The New Zealand Herald, it’s only expected to cost about as much as bungie jumping, and if you ask really nicely, we’re sure they won’t mind you wearing the costume anyway.

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