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2012-09-29 08:00:16 AM
Bravo,subby! +1
 
2012-09-29 08:08:15 AM
It's the Squirt'eteer!
 
2012-09-29 08:27:24 AM
2 hours for a 26 mile trip. Who knew jetpacks were the mopeds of the sky.
 
2012-09-29 08:55:04 AM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: 2 hours for a 26 mile trip. Who knew jetpacks were the mopeds of the sky. 2-5 feet above sea level


/fixed
 
2012-09-29 08:59:32 AM
Is he going to the f*ckin Catalina Wine Mixer?

/jetpacks & hoes
 
2012-09-29 09:38:35 AM
"The Newport Beach resident will blast off from the M Street pier at 7 a.m. Saturday in an attempt to set a world record for longest jetpack flight.
No previous such record exists, said Eric Longabardi, a media consultant for Jetlev and a freelance reporter who contributes to the Newport Beach Independent."

I'm on the edge of my seat! By my calculations, he'll need to fly an astounding distance of approximately 1 millimeter to be successful. God speed, good sir!
 
2012-09-29 10:13:34 AM
I don't know if I would call it a jet pack. The thing is tethered to a boat. This contraption is a jet pack the way a parasail is an airplane.
 
2012-09-29 10:15:18 AM

max_pooper: I don't know if I would call it a jet pack. The thing is tethered to a boat. This contraption is a jet pack the way a parasail is an airplane.


What? He gets towed? I'm glad I was too lazy to walk the two blocks to see it for myself then.
 
2012-09-29 10:26:49 AM

max_pooper: I don't know if I would call it a jet pack. The thing is tethered to a boat. This contraption is a jet pack the way a parasail is an airplane.


Well, it seems it operates by jets of water ... But no, not the traditional expectation of a jetpack.
 
2012-09-29 10:38:50 AM
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2012-09-29 10:50:51 AM

max_pooper: I don't know if I would call it a jet pack. The thing is tethered to a boat. This contraption is a jet pack the way a parasail is an airplane.


Yeah, but apparently it takes little care to make sure the worst that can happen is a 33-foot fall into water. The guy who makes this is going to have a much smaller insurance bill than any land-flying jet packs.
 
2012-09-29 10:59:15 AM
I could make a practical steam jetpack if the DOE would just approve my use of nuclear materials in constructing a miniature fission boilier.
 
2012-09-29 11:38:02 AM
I thought that thing could go faster than covering a little over 26 miles in two hours. I guess having to drag the power unit along slows it down.

But, I don't see why this thing is so interesting. It's basically just a high power jetski with the outlet nozzle directed into a hose so it comes out of the "pack". I think I'd have more fun on a small sporty jetski.
 
2012-09-29 12:39:32 PM
This is the stupidest thing of all time.

I just hope he doesn't set back real jetpack research 20 infinity years, like what Moeller did to the flying car.
 
2012-09-29 01:04:16 PM

SevenizGud: I just hope he doesn't set back real jetpack research 20 infinity years, like what Moeller did to the flying car.


Flying cars will never exist. The average driver is barely capable of looking to the left and right. You want to add up and down to that, and the fact that any failures probably mean your death.

The flying car was a thing after world war 2 because we didn't have a lot of highways, a lot of pilots had just come back from the war, and the airforce was selling off old airplanes. Seemed like a good idea at the time.
 
2012-09-29 01:34:16 PM
I wonder if I would look as dorky
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Who am I kidding, I'm twice the dork as that guy.
 
2012-09-29 01:41:22 PM

fluffy2097: The flying car was a thing after world war 2 because we didn't have a lot of highways, a lot of pilots had just come back from the war, and the airforce was selling off old airplanes. Seemed like a good idea at the time.


And planes were super inexpensive until the farking lawyers ruined light aviation. $200k (number pulled out of ass, but it's still a shiat ton) for a freaking 172. I think my dad paid $900 bucks for a 150 at one point in the 50's.
 
2012-09-29 02:32:19 PM
A runner needs to acknowledge the exact 26.2 mile distance as the marathon distance. Longer flights will be ultramarathons.
 
2012-09-29 03:11:18 PM

drewogatory: And planes were super inexpensive until the farking lawyers ruined light aviation. $200k (number pulled out of ass, but it's still a shiat ton) for a freaking 172. I think my dad paid $900 bucks for a 150 at one point in the 50's.


The lawyers ruined NEW construction. There is no "low end" now. But you can get used all day long. The 152s can still be had for mid-20s. Of course it's a 30 year old ride. But try finding any new craft under 100K.
 
2012-09-29 04:28:37 PM

Morchella: A runner needs to acknowledge the exact 26.2 mile distance as the marathon distance. Longer flights will be ultramarathons.


You know who could cover 26.2 miles over water in a couple hours? Kenyan Marathon Jesus
 
2012-09-29 04:29:41 PM
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HaHaHa
 
2012-09-29 05:30:13 PM
OMG. Subby called it in the headline.

You miserable bastards, look at the smile on his face. I want to be him today!

/thanks subby.
 
2012-09-29 08:11:57 PM
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Lovers wanna love. I don't even want none of the above. I want to piss on you.
 
2012-09-29 10:14:09 PM

drewogatory: And planes were super inexpensive until the farking lawyers ruined light aviation.


Well if people stopped flying into things that wouldn't have happened. It wasn't the flying circuses that were the bad apples, they were interested in staying alive.

The guy who decides to fly under a bridge after one to many beers... yeah...
 
2012-09-29 11:12:08 PM

fluffy2097: drewogatory: And planes were super inexpensive until the farking lawyers ruined light aviation.

Well if people stopped flying into things that wouldn't have happened. It wasn't the flying circuses that were the bad apples, they were interested in staying alive.

The guy who decides to fly under a bridge after one to many beers... yeah...


Uh... (looks away, whistles a jaunty tune and admits to nothing. Nothing.)
 
2012-09-30 02:05:19 AM
I've done the jetpack ride in Newport Beach.

1) This guy looks like Iron Man compared to the dork I am "flying" that thing. As a big positive, the guys running this thing do a great job of making everyone feel like they are Superman (until you get that cold splash of reality when you see the video of your flight).
2) It is fun, but it is hardly the rush you would get from an untethered Rocketeer-style jetpack
3) Cool and fun technogy, but seriously $100,000 for a foating firefighter quality water pump to power the jetpack?
 
2012-09-30 03:07:02 AM

wildcardjack: I could make a practical steam jetpack if the DOE would just approve my use of nuclear materials in constructing a miniature fission boilier.


It would be hard to control criticality unless you keep it subcritical... Also there would be some weight issues from all the shielding, unless you enjoy lethal doses of radiation.

Still though, the idea checks out on paper. Nuclear steam rockets were proposed, but something about exploding nuclear material all over florida killed the idea.
 
2012-09-30 03:29:12 AM

MetaRinka: wildcardjack: I could make a practical steam jetpack if the DOE would just approve my use of nuclear materials in constructing a miniature fission boilier.

It would be hard to control criticality unless you keep it subcritical... Also there would be some weight issues from all the shielding, unless you enjoy lethal doses of radiation.

Still though, the idea checks out on paper. Nuclear steam rockets were proposed, but something about exploding nuclear material all over florida killed the idea.


You really think I'm worried about exposing a state full of old people to radiation in the event I explode?
 
2012-09-30 04:41:52 PM

rwfan: I wonder if I would look as dorky
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Who am I kidding, I'm twice the dork as that guy.


You know what steam powered jet packs and fat chicks have in common? 

They are fun to ride until your friends catch you on one.
 
2012-09-30 08:13:10 PM

wildcardjack: MetaRinka: wildcardjack: I could make a practical steam jetpack if the DOE would just approve my use of nuclear materials in constructing a miniature fission boilier.

It would be hard to control criticality unless you keep it subcritical... Also there would be some weight issues from all the shielding, unless you enjoy lethal doses of radiation.

Still though, the idea checks out on paper. Nuclear steam rockets were proposed, but something about exploding nuclear material all over florida killed the idea.

You really think I'm worried about exposing a state full of old people to radiation in the event I explode?


As a native of Florida I have to say; Seriously Bro? Get away from the coast or into the panhandle and I thing you will find Florida is full of good ole boy rednecks. With good ole boy outpacing redneck by just a few lengths. Contrary to popular belief good ole boy does not equal "paddle faster, I hear banjo music." Honestly, they are some of the most friendly and accommodating people I have ever met. But the fact that my roots are entrenched in Florida cracker-ism may be a mitigating factor.
 
2012-10-01 10:44:27 AM
Apparently they call it a flyboard down under...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2012/oct/01/jetski-water-flyboa r d-australia-video
 
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