Pilot “Treads” Air On Jet Board (Sep, 1955)
Pilot “Treads” Air On Jet Board
Intensified study of vertical take-off principles has brought forth some brand-new ideas in aviation, the latest of which is a jet board. It is buckled to the pilot’s feet and supports him in flight by means of air jets from an attached hose. To hover, the pilot stands still, and to move, he merely leans in the direction in which he wants to travel. Tests of a simplified research model by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics show that the pilot has full control over the board, even in gusty winds up to 16 knots.