A lot of us may say we want Tony Stark’s job, but how many of us want it bad enough to make it happen (cosplayers aside)? Sure, most folks could likely handle the billionaire play-boying tasks involved, but how many could strap on miniature kerosene-fueled micro gas turbines to their wrists to accomplish the flying part? Well, at least one person could, and he did: Richard Browning.
Such heroics have paid off, too, as the English inventor and founder of Gravity Industries is now the sole owner of the Guinness World Record for “fastest speed in a body-controlled jet engine-powered suit.”
To accomplish as much, Browning donned his “Daedalus” Mark 1 jet -engine suit, revved up the six body-mounted turbines (each possessing 22 kg of thrust), booted up the in-helmet data display in the specially-designed exo-skeleton, and launched himself over an English lake yesterday. Using his arms and well-kept core for guidance, he hit a top speed of 32.02 mph, which, according to Guinness, was “measured accurately over a minimum distance of 100 metres.”
And then he bailed into the lake.
But whatever, he dried off. And any way you soak it up, that’s some serious dream-it/do-it chutzpah right there. But it doesn’t sound like Browning is going to relax with a hot bath anytime soon, as he and Gravity Industries plan to mass produce these things. As he told the Independent:
“This is real-world aeronautical innovation. We are serious about building a world-changing technology business … We stand at the very beginning of what human propulsion systems will do. It’s at the same point as the mobile phone was in the early to mid ‘80s or the internet of the early ‘90s.”
So yeah, maybe someday we can all be Iron Men?
Check out the insane footage above, then let us know if you’ll be applying for Tony Stark’s job anytime soon.