Jetpack flies through London skies, and you too could have one within three years

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By 2019, travel by jetpack could become a reality for the general population.

What would that look like in London?

On Wednesday, the capital got a sight of future flight with a seriously cool demonstration at Royal Victoria Dock.

Australian David Mayman piloted a turbine jet engine-powered JB-10 jetpack at a height of 30m for 4 minutes over east London.

The former commercial pilot hopes to raise the funds to develop a turbine-powered jetpack to be made available for consumers by 2019 — for a mere £200,000.

The London flight marks the launch of a crowdfunding initiative to raise £300,000 in support of the project.

The jetpack is light enough to be carried by one person and small enough to fit in a car.

The jetpack is light enough to be carried by one person and small enough to fit in a car.

IMAGE: AP / HANNAH MCKAY

In a BBC article, Lucy Sharp from Seedrs Investment, the online platform hosting the crowdfunding effort, said of Mayman: “He’s in talks with the U.S. Navy to give it a use beyond commercial flights.

“He’s done over 400 test flights and they’ve all gone smoothly, but it is jet fuel on his back, so it can be dangerous.”

This was the jetpack's maiden flight in the UK.

This was the jetpack’s maiden flight in the UK.

IMAGE: AP / CHRIS RADBURN

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