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Flying Jet Pack

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Topic Inventions
Image Source Private Collection - American Trust Company
Image Notes In this picture, a demonstration of the flying jet pack takes place in front of the American Trust Company, South Bend, Indiana probably around 1961. Picture taken at the corner of Washington and Michigan St.
Time Period The 1950-1960’s
Image Date circa 1961
Keywords Flying Jet Pack
The Bank by the Clock
American Trust

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Historical Background Technically speaking, the idea of a rocket belt was credited to Wendell Moore, who called the device a Small Rocket Lift Devise (SRLD). Moore himself tried out the first self-operated version in 1958. The first attempts were short and rough, but good enough to interest the United States Army in 1959.
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