The Great American Jet Pack : The Quest for the Ultimate by Steve Lehto

By Steve Lehto

Tracing the striking heritage of a undeniable type of flying machine—from the rocket belt to the jet belt to the flying platform and all of the strategy to Yves Rossy’s 21st-century loose flights utilizing a jet-powered wing—this old account delves into the know-how that made those units attainable and the explanations why they by no means grew to become advertisement successes on a mass scale. those person raise units, as they have been blandly categorised through the govt males who financed a lot in their improvement, spoke back man’s wish to easily step outdoor and take flight. No runways, no wings, no pilot’s license have been required. however the heritage of the jet pack didn't stick to its anticipated trajectory and the units that have been concept to develop into as typical as automobiles have as an alternative develop into the most overpromised applied sciences of all time. This interesting account profiles the inventors and pilots, the hucksters and cheats, and the businessmen and infantrymen who have been concerned with the machines, and it tells an outstanding American tale of a expertise whose promise could but, someday, come to fruition.

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At left, F8F-2 istrument panel. Below left, F8F-2 left-hand console. OXYGEN SYSTEM 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 45 Flow Indicator Pressure Gage Oxygen Regulator Air Dilution Valve Mask Oxygen Bottle Filler Valve Shut-oll Valve Breather Tube Diaphragm Knob Emergency By-pass Valve F8F--2N GUNSIGHT AND INSTRUMENT PANEL Above, defogging duct and control switch. At right, automatie pilot on-off control was located below the lett-hand armament panel located at the top of the instrument panel. 46 F8F-2N EQUIPMENT AND LEFTHAND CONSOLE ;.

1. >1. , «U >I U ' SERVICING DIAGRAM 33 34 F8F-1/-1 B FORWARD COCKPIT AND INSTRUMENT PANEL 1. Ignition Switch 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. o Supereharger Control Armament Master and Gun Switches Gun Sight Bomb, Tank and R. P. Switches Oxgyen Flow Indicator Carburetor Air Control Landing Gear Emergency Control Clock Airspeed Indicator Attitude Gyro Indicator Panel Lights Compass Indicator Manifold Pressure Gage Cowl Flap Switch 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28.

Auto Pilot Controller. At left, F8F-2 istrument panel. Below left, F8F-2 left-hand console. OXYGEN SYSTEM 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 45 Flow Indicator Pressure Gage Oxygen Regulator Air Dilution Valve Mask Oxygen Bottle Filler Valve Shut-oll Valve Breather Tube Diaphragm Knob Emergency By-pass Valve F8F--2N GUNSIGHT AND INSTRUMENT PANEL Above, defogging duct and control switch. At right, automatie pilot on-off control was located below the lett-hand armament panel located at the top of the instrument panel.

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