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Rocket man

Stuntman Eric Scott recently broke the world record for jet-pack flights: He flew as high as a 12-storey building, pirouetted a few times, and then, crucially, landed. I say “crucially” because while this device was invented by the US military in 1961, it has never been operationally deployed because it’s derangedly unstable. A gust of wind that wouldn’t trouble a Monarch butterfly is enough to flip you over sideways and send you shrieking headfirst into the ground. The army did a review of the rocket pack a few years after it was invented and decided that rather than deploy the device in the field, it would probably just be more efficient to demand soldiers play russian roulette or something.

Anyway, so this lone nutcase has devoted his life to flying this indescribably stupid invention. As the F2 Network reports:

He was offered the chance to become a rocket pilot on a Michael Jackson tour in 1992. Since then he has become a veteran of almost 500 flights and claims to be the world’s only Rocketman.

He first flew the jetpack for A MICHAEL JACKSON TOUR?

(Thanks to Slashdot for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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