The Stuff That Dreams Are Made of ...

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The Stuff That Dreams Are Made of ...

Buck Rogers and James Bond used jetpacks, and since the 1960s, several real jetpack designs have been built from metal, plastic and propellant. None has flown more than a minJamesBond F3CF5F5BE166C09383E64EAA87FE4.jpgute.

Now a New Zealand inventor, Glenn Martin, plans to unveil today what he calls "the world's first practical jetpack" at the EAA AirVenture, the gigantic annual air show in Wisconsin. It's personal flying taken to the very personal level.

Martin, who has spent 27 years developing the devices, said he hoped to begin selling them next year for $100,000 apiece.

"There is nothing that even comes close to the dream that the jetpack allows you to achieve," said Robert J. Thompson, the director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University. He called it "about the coolest desire left to mankind." (As quoted in the New York Times.)

Read the whole incredible New York TImes story here.

(And thanks to MSN Tech & Gadgets for the Bond image.)

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