Jetpacks have been the great letdown of what was supposed to be the Great Technological Future. We’ve seen people fly in movies for decades, but it seems like every time man has strapped on a personal flying device it has ended in eyerolls. This week, however, saw the closest we’ve come to actual skyconquering – inventor Richard Browning demonstrated his fancy new Gravity Industries jetpack suit on the streets of London, zooming over a cobblestone street in front of a crowd.
Inventor Richard Browning flies in his jet suit as it goes on sale in London, proving anyone can be a real-life Iron Man – for £340,000 pic.twitter.com/ETvXzR45gA
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) July 19, 2018
Neat, huh? As is to be expected, the jetpack rig is actually for sale at Selfridges, a UK department store with a Freudian slip for a name. Not to fret, concerned parents of the world – these things cost £340,000 and are unlikely summertime acquisitions.
Reports of an unidentified flying man at #SelfridgesLondon have been confirmed. Introducing Gravity Industries, the world's first jet suit, exclusively available at #Selfridges #takeongravity Gravity Industries Jet Suit pic.twitter.com/Jo9ilPkRWo
— Selfridges (@Selfridges) July 18, 2018
It runs on jet fuel or diesel (and dreams, of course), is as loud as five very small airplane jets can be, and has put a fella about fifteen feet in the air in the demonstrations we’ve seen on YouTube.
Twitter was jazzed.
— Christine Elmer (@ChristineElmer) July 20, 2018
I need two!!!
— Bruce Intchauspe (@BIntchauspe) July 19, 2018
me: the future is here
— Oliver Duxbury (@oli_sploit) July 20, 2018
Some of us have seen too many jetpack failures to launch uncynically into the air for the New Guy.
— Jim Dav-oth (@Trey_Valeska) July 21, 2018
I, for one, am eager to strap a tank of jet fuel to my back, and then clumsily crash into the side of a building. Bring it on.
— Polly Karr (@karr_pe) July 20, 2018
And of course, comparisons rolled in.
— Thom Dinsdale (@thomdinsdale) July 19, 2018
remember this pic.twitter.com/6psDndOCZx
— razif othman (@rajifusama) July 20, 2018
It's already invented… pic.twitter.com/J3WOiD15ud
— JMAF (@JoanManel_CAT) July 19, 2018
It’s unknown at this time if the pack has enough juice to get you to any secret levels or bonus areas.
— .الخبير العالمي. (@inter_expert2) July 19, 2018
Watch your heads out there, folks.