Rocket man’s flight of fancy

“I’ve always loved flying,” says Stuart Ross, a commercial airline pilot for whom flying a 767 to the Mediterranean and back a couple of times a week just isn’t enough of a thrill. “A lot of my colleagues get involved in restoring old fighter planes and things like that,” he says, “but I thought, sod it, let’s go for something a bit different.” So Ross retreated to the bottom of his garden in Horsham, West Sussex, and spent four years and the best part of £100,000 building a rocketbelt – a Buck Rogers-style flying backpack that can shoot the wearer 1,000 feet into the air at 60mph. With testing of this most sought-after of gadgets nearing completion, Ross is preparing to take his rocketbelt on the road…

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