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The idea[]

It was a planned 1 man, single twin fan-bladed engine, flying, hover-platform of the late 1950s. The plan was to increase the US Army and US Marine Corps. mobility over things like ravines and mine fields.

Development[]

Due to safety concerns the US army demanded a 2nd motor and 3rd propeller-rotor be added and left in idle until on of the others broke down. Eventually it was scrapped due to the risk that a GI could fall in to the active rotor-blades in use and die.

 The device[]

A single twin fan-bladed engine, flying, hover-platform of the late 1950s. The drive mechanism was like a upside down helicopter rotor blade, with the GI standing above on a platform, controlling it from a controller panel like on the Bell Pogo.

The "Basic US GI factor"[]

It was assumed by the US Army that a 19 year old recruit with only basic training must be able to use the kit after a brief chat and couple of demonstrations without killing or seriously injuring him self or others. It was thought to be to complex.

Stats[]

  • Crew- 1
  • Speed- Intended to be slow.
  • Flying height- Intended to be low.

Also see[]

  1. Bell Textron Rocket Belt
  2. North American X-15
  3. Bell Rocket Belt
  4. Avro Flying Car
  5. Bell Jet Belt
  6. Bell Helli-jeep
  7. Moor 1969 Jet Pack
  8. Bell Pogo
  9. KGB Chita Jet Belt
  10. Small Rocket Lift Device (SRLD)
  11. RB2000 Rocket Belt
  12. Temco TT Pinto
  13. Lockheed X-17
  14. Bell X-1
  15. North American X-15
  16. Hiller Flying Platform
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