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Crossing the English Channel by personal jet
Old 09-26-2008, 02:53 PM   #1
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Crossing the English Channel by personal jet

Well, it's about freakin' time:
Fusion Man makes historic Channel flight | Lifestyle | Reuters

The jet man has taken his personal wing across the English Channel. Of course it required an aircraft-assisted launch, and flame-retardant pants, and it's not quite the same as boosting out of your back yard for the morning work commute. But it's close enough that I'm willing to accept its fulfillment of the 1950s promise of the personal jetpack.

Now all I need is my jet car, but I think they're getting pretty close there too...
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Now all I need is my jet car, but I think they're getting pretty close there too...
Here ya go....a street legal jet powered VW Beetle
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Here ya go....a street legal jet powered VW Beetle
OK, I guess I asked for that, but what I meant was a flying jet car...
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Amazing. Maybe I should shift the emphasis a little: a flying jet car...
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OK, I guess I asked for that, but what I meant was a flying jet car...
Ooooh! Yeah, I guess we'll have to wait a bit longer for that.....besides, a car with wings might be a bit more difficult to maneuver through traffic or to cruise through the drive up lane at the Golden Arches.....bummer.

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Nords - How about a jet surfboard?
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Where've you been? The Pinto wasn't jet powered, but it was flying back in 1973 - Mitzar

Isn't that the infamous "exploding gas tank" car? What would Nader say? I wonder which is more dangerous?

Wiki tells me the inventor/engineer/company founder died in a "fiery crash". NTSB said bad welds.
(others say he was actually shot down by the CIA in a government conspiracy )
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Nords - How about a jet surfboard?
Eh, made me look. It seems to be in the same development limbo as the flying Pinto:
Jet-powered surfboard to go on sale

I think if I motored out to the lineup on one of these I'd be beaten to death by the other surfers, and not a judge in the land would overturn the "justifiable homicide" defense...

Besides if it was even marginally operable then we'd be seeing Laird Hamilton YouTube videos all over 80-foot waves.
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Well, it's about freakin' time:
Fusion Man makes historic Channel flight | Lifestyle | Reuters

The jet man has taken his personal wing across the English Channel. Of course it required an aircraft-assisted launch, and flame-retardant pants, and it's not quite the same as boosting out of your back yard for the morning work commute. But it's close enough that I'm willing to accept its fulfillment of the 1950s promise of the personal jetpack.

Now all I need is my jet car, but I think they're getting pretty close there too...
I want one of those.
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Hey, Nords,

How about this? ::MOLLER::

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How about this? ::MOLLER::
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