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The Great American Jet Pack: The Quest for the Ultimate Individual Lift Device

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For a few decades, jet packs seemed to be everywhere: on Gilligans Island, Lost in Space, Thunderball, and even the opening ceremony of the 1984 Olympics. Inventors promised wed all be flying with them now, enabling us to zoom around effortlessly in the sky and getting us to work without traffic jams and trains. What happened to the jet pack?

 

In The Great American Jet Pack, Steve Lehto gives us the definitive history of this and related devices, explaining how the technology arose, how it works, and why we dont have them in our garages today.

 

These individual lift devices, as they were blandly labeled by the government men who financed much of their development, answered mans desire to simply step outside and take flight. No runways, no wings, no pilots license were required. Soaring through the air with the wind in your face and landing anyplace there was room to stand—could this be done? Yes, it could be, and it was.

 

But the jet pack was perhaps the most overpromised technology of all time. From the rocket belt to the jet belt to the flying platform and all the way to Yves Rossys 21st-century free flights using a jet-powered wing, this book profiles the inventors and pilots, the hucksters and cheats, the businessmen and soldiers who were involved with these machines. And it finally tells a great American story of a technology whose promise may, one day, yet come to fruition.

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Tracing the remarkable history of a certain kind of flying machine—from the rocket belt to the jet belt to the flying platform and all the way to Yves Rossy's 21st-century free flights using a jet-powered wing—this historical account delves into the technology that made these devices possible and the reasons why they never became commercial successes on a mass scale. These individual lift devices, as they were blandly labeled by the government men who financed much of their development, answered man's desire to simply step outside and take flight. No runways, no wings, no pilot's license were required. But the history of the jet pack did not follow its expected trajectory and the devices that were thought to become as commonplace as cars have instead become one of the most overpromised technologies of all time. This fascinating account profiles the inventors and pilots, the hucksters and cheats, and the businessmen and soldiers who were involved with the machines, and it tells a great American story of a technology whose promise may yet, one day, come to fruition.

About the Author

Steve Lehto is the author of Deaths Door: The Truth Behind Michigans Largest Mass Murder, a 2007 Michigan Notable Book; Chrysler's Turbine Car; and Michigans Columbus: The Life of Douglass Houghton.

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ISBN:
9781613744307
Author:
Lehto, Steve
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press
Subject:
Science Reference-Technology
Subject:
Aviation - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20130731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Tracing the remarkable history of a certain kind of flying machine—from the rocket belt to the jet belt to the flying platform and all the way to Yves Rossy's 21st-century free flights using a jet-powered wing—this historical account delves into the technology that made these devices possible and the reasons why they never became commercial successes on a mass scale. These individual lift devices, as they were blandly labeled by the government men who financed much of their development, answered man's desire to simply step outside and take flight. No runways, no wings, no pilot's license were required. But the history of the jet pack did not follow its expected trajectory and the devices that were thought to become as commonplace as cars have instead become one of the most overpromised technologies of all time. This fascinating account profiles the inventors and pilots, the hucksters and cheats, and the businessmen and soldiers who were involved with the machines, and it tells a great American story of a technology whose promise may yet, one day, come to fruition.

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