Video: Daredevil Flies Across Colorado’s Royal Gorge With Jet Pack

November 25, 2008

CANON CITY, Colo. (ChattahBox) — A Denver daredevil Eric Scott, used a hydrogen-peroxide powered jet pack (video below) to travel 1,500 feet across the 1,100-foot-deep Royal Gorge in southern Colorado. Scott’s jet pack weighs 135 pounds and can propel the driver up to 80 mph. The original jet pack, developed by Bell Aerosystems in the 1960s for the military, was too heavy and could fly for only about 20 seconds, making it impractical.

The jet pack carried only 33 seconds of fuel, which gave Scott no time to spare to cross the chasm. He made the crossing at 12:20 p.m. in 21 seconds, flying at 75 mph, according to Go Fast Sports & Beverage, which sponsored the stunt.

Scott admitted that one small problem could have created devastating results, but said he was confident in the technology.

“It’s a lot of fun but this machine needs to fly longer. This dream’s got to evolve and other people need to be able to share this. I’m sure there are many people here that would love to experience what I just did and I’d love to be able to share it with somebody,” Scott told 7NEWS after his record-breaking flight.

Scott works for Jet Pack International, which developed the futuristic-looking jet pack for stunts, promotions and other events around the world for Go Fast Sports & Beverage. Both Denver-based companies were founded by former professional skydiver Troy Widgery.

The Royal Gorge test ranks as the longest, highest flight attempt for the Go Fast Jet Pack, the company said. Go Fast said the stunt is the biggest feat of daring since Evil Knievel crossed the Snake River.

The company hopes to develop a lighter, more advanced model featuring a turbine that would be able to fly for nine minutes. Jet Pack International hopes to market similar jet packs to the public in the next few years. It would cost about $200,000.

According to the Denver Post, Scott is the most experienced and longest currently flying jet-pack pilot in the world. He has been flying jet packs for more than 14 years and has successfully piloted more than 700 flights.

With hundreds of people looking on, Scott took off from the north side of the gorge, near the Royal Gorge Bridge, and landed on a small circular white pad on the stage on the south side.

The Royal Gorge, which was cut by the Arkansas River, has seen its share of stunts, although it typically doesn’t attract the types of daring acts that, say, Niagara Falls does.

Several other people have died while attempting to parachute from the bridge.


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