VIDEO: British inventor takes to sky in first flight of Gravity Jet Suit in Spain
Richard Browning, the British inventor and chief test pilot of the Gravity Jet Suit, gave the first public demonstration in Spain of his contraption that allows the dream of flying to come true.
The Jet Suit uses kerosene to propel gas microturbines capable of delivering up to a thousand horsepower that he carries in a backpack and on both arms.
The maximum flight time is around five minutes, with a top speed of 136km/h explained Fernando Mendoza, commercial manager of Gravity Industries.
"The technology is very new, it is being evaluated for civil, military and industrial uses, and by numerous Nato armies", he explained moments before the demonstration by the company, which has signed an agreement with Aerodynamics Málaga to convert the airport facilities into the third training centre for these autonomous flight devices in the world. The other two are in the US and the UK.
The deafening sound of the turbines meant you couldn’t hear the gasp among the large crowd that gathered yesterday (Saturday) near the Málaga Aerodynamics pilot academy in El Trapiche,.
Mendoza said he couldn’t reveal the cost of the device "for confidentiality reasons."