Real-life 'Iron Man' flies jet suit into Guinness Book

By Ben Hooper  |  Nov. 9, 2017 at 2:31 PM
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Nov. 9 (UPI) -- A British entrepreneur in an Iron Man-like getup set a new Guinness World Record for fastest speed in a body-controlled jet engine powered suit.

Richard Browning, founder and chief test pilot of Gravity Industries, took flight Thursday in celebration of Guinness World Records Day at Lagoona Park in Reading, England.

Guinness adjudicator Pravin Patel was on hand to verify that Browning's speed was accurately measured over a distance of at least 328 feet.

Browning reached a speed of 32.02 mph on his third and final attempt, which ended with him dropping into the park's lake. The speed was sufficient to help the real-life Iron Man soar into the record book.

The inventor said his suit, which is controlled strictly through human body movements, features six kerosene-fueled micro gas turbines.

Browning said he had to prepare for the attempt by performing core strength exercises so he had the muscle power to balance and hold his position in the air.

"I am delighted we have set the record. I'm very proud indeed to be a part of Guinness World Records Day, it is a pleasure and a privilege to have our unique creation recognized and celebrated all round the world," Browning said.

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