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A couple of years ago I bought a cool Threadless shirt that said, “This was supposed to be the future… Where’s my jetpack?”
Well here it is! Swiss aviator Yves Rossy (aka “Fusion Man”) leapt from a plane at 7,500 feet before gliding to earth using a jet-powered wing. You can watch a video of it here:
The dream of the fully-operational jetpack is a white elephant in science fiction, which makes this impractical and utterly wonderful. Thanks Joseph (at Working as Designed) for the heads up!