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Bell Rocket Belt
The flick knives, cyanide pills and gizmo-packed cars were great, but the opening scene of Thunderball features the first, “Nah, it’s getting silly now. It’ll be invisible cars next!”, moment of the Bond film franchise.
However, not only was the Jetpack a possibility, it even had a proper technical name – it was a Bell Rocket Belt.
Or, to provide it a more worthy description, ‘A low powered rocket propulsion device’.
Bell Aerosystems had developed a “man rocket pack” that would enable someone willing to strap explosive devices onto their backs and fly in the sky, to pretty much do exactly what Bond does; escape the scene of the caper in a short period of time, using hydrogen peroxide as fuel.
It was under instruction by the US Army, but its limited scope failed to see it develop as an effective device for military usage.
In 2011, a remote-controlled Jetpack was developed by New Zealand based Martin Aircraft, whose prototype reached an altitude of 5,000 feet and cruised at 62 miles per hour. It also stayed in the air for 30 minutes. The device is not yet for sale.
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