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Family First » contraption http://familyfirst.com Servings Families Online since 1998 Fri, 02 Oct 2015 20:25:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 The Rocketmanhttp://familyfirst.com/the-rocketman.html http://familyfirst.com/the-rocketman.html#comments Fri, 09 Jun 2006 00:44:32 +0000 http://familyfirst.sandbox.infomediainc.com/?p=3204 When I was a kid, I was amazed by the sight of a man (on television) who was in a contraption that blasted twin jets and allowed him to soar into the air.
I never got that image out of my my mind, and later movies like The Rocketeer helped keep that memory fresh.
Then, this week, I read an account in Popular Science about a man who has developed his own rocket pack, and who is working towards flying it untethered.

It turns out that there are a grand total of seven individuals in the world who have made untethered rocket flights in portable devices.
That’s an EXTREMELY exclusive club.
Today’s FamilyFirst site is that of a business that provides rocketbelt flights for conventions, rock concerts, and other events.
Of course, they don’t give RIDES, but the sight of a man soaring freely, propelled by rockets, is one that invariably thrills crowds.
The rocketman is Kinnie Gibson. And he makes a good buck making appeanaces and doing his stuff.
After all, it’s not like he has much competition.
The rocket pack operates on 80% pure hydrogen peroxide, an extremely volatile substance. The necessity of such a dangerous fuel is yet another factor that keeps the number of active rocketbelt pilots so low.
Enjoy watching videos of flights, reading technical info on how it all works, and they even hint that they MIGHT be looking for additional pilots to train!
I wonder if I could fly one of those things . . .

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