- Aug 27, 2014
- Louisville, KY
And it happened again, this time 7 miles NW of LAX:
Which engine has 69 lb of thrust? I must be missing it somewhere....I think I just found a new engine for my Lazair, which, with an inverted tail, is well suited for jet conversion! Outstanding thrust/weight ratio in those JetCat engines, price is right...five grand for like 69 lbs of thrust? Sold! Plenty of videos on Youtube of people mounting jet engines to their ultralights, it's been done.
What's utterly baffling is that nobody has reported this thing at low altitude, during climb-out or descent. I mean, it's not exactly going to be quiet.And it happened again, this time 7 miles NW of LAX:
I suppose that's possible, but it seems like an awful lot of work. IMHO, "rich man's toy" says "operating from a big estate in the hills" to me.Might have helicoptered or parachuted in from 10,000 and lighted the jets up and released the chute. Might have another chute for landing. Jetman was dropped from a helicopter at Airventure and used a chute to land.
Does it matter? I don't mean that flippantly. I've lived in the LA Basin. There are some truly spectacular and large estates in the hills above the city. Conceivably, one might be able to operate a jetpack from one secretly if you were careful about your ingress and egress paths. What baffles is how someone could be that cognizant of their "opsec" at low levels, yet get within visual range of aircraft descending into LAX. It's not as if those are easy to miss. They come straight down the valley with the landing lights on.Rich man, or rich kid?
The guy had to refuel in the middle and "splash landed" on the first try.A guy flew across the English Channel with his jetpack so reasonable duration is possible. Was me, I'd definitely be wearing a 'chute. You'd attract lots less attention coming back down that way too.
How about 'mainstream' use of jet engines on a Pitts biplane...AMT Lynx turbines
This was back in the late 60's it was on the air at 12:00 every day on Armed Forces Viet Nam radio. They could say the ime or tell you the weather over the radio but you could set your watch/clock/time your attack from the radio scheduleCool! I had no idea the Winged Warrior was still being broadcast.