November 25, 2008
Jet-pack pilot sets world records
Wearing a jet pack, a former TV stunt man has entered the record books by flying 1,500 feet across a gorge on the Arkansas River.
Eric Scott fired up his 135-pound pack Monday and crossed the Royal Gorge in 21 seconds at an altitude of 1,053 feet, the Rocky Mountain News reported Tuesday.
This is the biggest adrenaline kick I've ever gotten, Scott said after landing, steam billowing from the hydrogen peroxide-fueled pack.
Scott, who has piloted rocket-powered jet packs for 16 years, crossed the gorge at an estimated 75 mph without a parachute, cables or other safety devices, the Post said.
It's like something out of the future, said Mikey Vigil, a resident of the San Luis Valley and one of several hundred spectators who watched the flight.