N.Zed has some Awesome Inventors: Jet Pack, Anyone?

OK, he calls it a “jet pack” but it’s obviously too big for that because it rests on landing gear… and it isn’t a jet. It uses a regular piston engine (Two-stroke, I’m betting) and a pair of ducted fans to produce 600 pounds of thrust. “Personal Flight Vehicle” is more like it (Plus, “PFV” sounds cool), but I’d like to have one… but not until the price is significantly below the $100,000.00 US they are initially asking.

Personal Flight Vehicle

Personal Flight Vehicle

“OSHKOSH, Wis. — To rise off the ground wearing a jetpack is to feel the force of dreams. Very, very noisy dreams.

On Tuesday, an inventor from New Zealand plans to unveil what he calls “the world’s first practical jetpack” at the EAA AirVenture, the gigantic annual air show here. The inventor, Glenn Martin, 48, who has spent 27 years developing the devices, said he hoped to begin selling them next year for $100,000 apiece.”

The only thing I’d rather have is a Skycar.

Via that lawyer whose guts I do not hate.

16 Responses to “N.Zed has some Awesome Inventors: Jet Pack, Anyone?”

  1. Ash Says:

    I want a jetpack.

    It’ll make the commute to the office much shorter.

  2. Rebecca H Says:

    The best thing about these things is, they are the Wright Flyer vs. the 747, or whatever the latest model is. It’s going to take a lot of money (and by “lot”, I mean “a lot”) and a lot of years to make personal jet flyers viable for the general public, but then it took 100 years for everyone to think of automobiles as a common human appliance. I’m betting it won’t take that long for personal jet flyers (and they’ll have some short, easy name, the same way automobiles became “cars”, which is really an ancient word). And the actual interstate highway network in America, which we take for granted, was built within my lifetime, so there has to be that consideration as well, you know, so we don’t go crashing into each other in mid-air.

    I never expect these developments to… you know… develop… in time for me to take active part in them, but I sure would love to be able to travel to Dayton or Cincinnati (or anywhere else) with a personal jet pack instead of braving the traffic on Highway 71 or 75.

  3. mythusmage Says:

    It’s a jet. A reciprocating engine jet, but a jet.

    Matter of fact, the first two successful jet aircraft flown used internal combustion engines to power the jet. The first was in Paris France in 1910 (destroyed in testing because of bad engine placement), the second in Italy in 1923 (project later abandoned because Mussolini thought it was a waste of time, and the aircraft was grossly underpowered.)

  4. 1.618 Says:

    I’ll go and watch him if you like and we can get some exclusives… jet takeoffs.


  5. tizona Says:

    Talk about a jet engine…Middle, has it.

  6. Angus Dei Says:


    Jesus, Cid. Gatorade through the nose is almost as bad as coffee.

  7. tizona Says:

    Ya’ gotta’ give Middle Brother creds for ingenuity, Sir Angus 🙂

  8. tizona Says:

    OH…even though he is an asshole…lol

  9. J.M. Heinrichs Says:

    The Caproni-Campini N1: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campini_Caproni_CC.2
    … 1940.
    And Coanda’s ‘jet’ flamed out rather spectacularly: http://www.allstar.fiu.edu/AERO/coanda.htm


  10. J.M. Heinrichs Says:

    You missed this one: http://www.interestingprojects.com/cruisemissile/


  11. “Jet Pack” Unveiled at Air Show « The Tizona Group Says:

    […] Pack” Unveiled at Air Show July 30, 2008 — Angus Dei As an update to yesterday’s post on the subject, the jet pack has been demonstrated at an air […]

  12. mythusmage Says:


    The effect that caused the flame out was later named the Coanda Effect; after he observed the same thing happening when pouring water from a pitcher. A lesson that fluids in a fluid medium do not act like solids in a vacuum.

  13. affilojetpack Says:

    Go New Zealand! They have a lot of great inventors down there. Looks like an easy way to clear the driveway of any leaves and branches on the ground 🙂

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