Learn to Fly: The Martin Jetpack

When I was a kid, my parents used to buy me Underoos underwear. Remember those? Back then I had one for Batman, Spider-Man, and my favorite at the time was Superman. I wore those things all the time, pretending to fly around the house like a superhero.

One day, my mother was walking to the kitchen and saw me standing on the edge of our second story patio, wearing nothing but my Superman Underoos and a red towel around my neck like a cape. She ran out, scooped me up and asked me, “What were you doing?” I responded, “Mommy, I just wanted to fly.” Apparently, I needed a head start.

True story.

Turns out, I’m not the only one who has dreams of flying. Check out the bad boy pictured above. That’s the Martin Jetpack, a personal flying device made of carbon fiber and kevlar composites. The thing is pretty amazing looking, It functions similar to a helicopter, but doesn’t have any tail rotor to balance it out. Instead, the rotors turn on their own, controlling forward flight. They say it’s got some pretty basic controls, so it’s not that bad to learn.

Of course, the big question is the price, and Martin Aircraft isn’t talking. What they do say is this:

Martin Aircraft has built several prototypes so we have a good idea how much they cost to manufacture. Depending on production volume,  the initial cost will be about the same as a high-end motorcycle or car. As volume increases this will drop to be similar to a mid-range motorcycle or car.

Or, if you need to ask, it’s probably too much.

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