Geek out as this guy flies a (legit!) jetpack around New York City

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Nov 11, 2015, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

We’re still waiting for our jetpack-filled future, and the company Jetpack Aviation is showing off what they describe as the “world’s only jetpack” zipping around New York.

The company recently completed a test flight for the JB-9 around Ellis Island, and it was awesome (of course). The company’s jetpack is a bit different from the other products out there using that moniker, as the JB-9 actually runs on a jet engine. The craft uses a jet turbine backpack design, which is capable of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL).

The company claims it can climb to 10,000 feet, hit top speeds of 100 mph and run for approximately 10 minutes. It also looks insanely cool, almost like a throwback design to the retro future of which we’ve been so rudely deprived. We’re also digging that nifty, pajama-esque flightsuit.

Sadly, the company still has some work to do before you can hit up a Best Buy and snag one of these suits — but we’re slowly getting closer. Next up, the company is working on a  VR simulator to prep pilots on the mechanics, a four-engined model and a ballistic parachute in case of emergency.

Check out a video of the test flight in action below and let us know what you think:

(Via Popular Science)

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