Oldies & Oddities: Son of Rocket Belt
Don’t wear this at home.
- By Vincent Czaplyski
- Air & Space magazine, July 2002
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With every flight starting as a fuel emergency and going downhill from there, mishaps are perhaps predictable. After several of what Gibson calls “minor” crashes and one accident that nearly resulted in the amputation of a foot, he has slowed down a bit. Nowadays much of the flying is done by Eric Scott, an employee of Gibson’s company, Powerhouse Productions.
In its first incarnations, the Rocket Belt’s minuscule range and other logistical issues proved insurmountable obstacles to wider acceptance. Nevertheless, the Belt remains an intriguing and still somehow futuristic flying machine.