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Man Soars Across Royal Gorge with Jet Pack

A previous test flight of the jet pack. (Image credit: Jet Pack International)

Like some real James Bond, complete with absolutely no backup plan, Eric Scott soared over a 1,500-foot wide, 1,053-foot deep section of the Royal Gorge in Colorado yesterday.

With only 33 seconds of fuel and no parachute, Scott set records for distance, height (with a little help from the gorge) and speed, according to the Denver Post (see video & photo).

"Fear either makes people suck it up and get it right or they lose it," Scott said. "I'm the Evel Knievel that makes it to the other side."

The stunt was a promotional effort by the Go Fast energy drink company and manufacturer Jet Pack International.

Jet packs have a long history in Hollywood, but the concept has struggled to get off the ground in the real world. Another one, made by inventor Glenn Martin, was tested earlier this year in a 45-second, highly controlled hovering effort — all just a few feet off the ground.

Similarly promising and long-awaited: The flying car.

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Robert Roy Britt
Rob was a writer and editor at Space.com starting in 1999. He served as managing editor of Live Science at its launch in 2004. He is now Chief Content Officer overseeing media properties for the sites’ parent company, Purch. Prior to joining the company, Rob was an editor at The Star-Ledger in New Jersey, and in 1998 he was founder and editor of the science news website ExploreZone. He has a journalism degree from Humboldt State University in California.