Ben Cantrick (mackys) wrote,
Ben Cantrick

Jetpack Intl says they have a turbine-based jetpack coming.

Estimated Flight Time: 9 minutes
Estimated Distance: 27 miles
Estimated Speed: 83 mph.
Max Pilot Weight: 180 lbs.
Fuel: Jet-A fuel
Fuel Capacity: 5.0 gallons.
Power Plant: T-73 turbine engine
Retail Price: $200,000, includes training JPIC
Product Details: Currently being updated. Due to be released early to middle of 2008. Pre-Orders being taken. Please check back soon for more details

Don't bother searching for "T-73 turbine" - the only common aircraft turbine with that model number is the 4,500HP Pratt & Whitney T-73, two of which are used to power the CH-54 Skycrane. If I had to guess, I'd say that they were probably using a car turbo - perhaps a Turbonetics T73?

Edit: Could be a Solar T73. Whatever it is, they should have used a tj100 instead. (fully decked out engine 41.8 lb, generates 247 lb-f static thrust!!)

As for this actually being manufactured and sold to the public? I'll believe it when I see someone actually buy one.
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