Jetpacks have been around since the 1960s -- Sean Connery wore won during the 1965 Bond film, "Thunderball" -- but they remain symbolic of mankind's hope for the future. At least Swiss inventor Yves Rossy thinks so.
"It's more a symbol, actually," Rossy said of the $100,000 jetpack he flew 119 mph over Oshkosh, Wisc., on Tuesday. "I don't know what will be the future, but it opens a door. Afterwards the younger guys will decide if they want to continue," he said.
The 53-year-old aviation enthusiast has flown his jetpack all over the world, but Tuesday's flight at the EAA AirVenture airshow marks his first demonstration in the United States.
"I hope you had as much fun as I had. It was really fun to fly through the clouds like that," Rossy said after his flight.
To begin his flight across the sky, Rossy jumped from a helicopter 6,500 feet in the air.
With a 6.5-foot wings stretching across his back and four JetCat P200 turbines powering his journey, Rossy flew alongside a vintage B-17 bomber for 10 minutes as the crowd watched in awe below.
He uses his own body movements to direct himself.
"At first he looked like a little black dot up there, but he would curve and turn his head and he turned left and right and he knows what he doing," one witness said.