31. January 2016 15:25
This brief article in the March 2016 issue of Aviation History looks back at the personal Jet pack used by James Bond 007 in Thunderball, back in 1965.
We Were Promised Jetpacks
The dream of vertical flight hasn’t been confined to the cockpit. When Bell Aerosystems engineer Wendell Moore started developing a personalized rocket pack capable of hoisting a human in the 1950s, he was building on a concept seen in Buck Rogers comics as early as 1929. Bell pilot William P. Suitor made numerous flights during the late 1960s with the No. 2 rocket belt pictured below. James Bond himself used one to escape gunmen after killing a Spectre agent in the 1965 film Thunderball. For practical purposes, though, the rocket belt’s short flight duration—not more than 21 seconds—limited its utility to public demonstrations.
[Source: Aviation History, March 2016, P.64. Copyright 2016 Historynet LLC]