History of JetPacks
The Dream
What are we doing here?
The first patent
Aplication for patent was send by Andreev in 1919.
The first patent was given in 1921.
Aplication for patent was send by Andreev in 1919.
The first patent was given in 1921.
The first story
What are we doing here?
The first test
The first Jet Shoes
They say, in the eighties, there was nothing. Everyone just existed: some romanticised the good old days, some did electronic music, but generally - everyone was bored. Britain was not so great.
Flying Platform. US Navy demonstrates its Flying Platform in 1955, a "flying skateboard" or "hover board" vehicle that uses a direct lift rotor aircraft, using contra-rotating ducted fans controlled by the pilot shifting his body weight around to tilt the platform. Although it looked like it could have been a massive development [and a great way for us to beat the traffic to work] sadly development ceased because the U.S. Army judged them to be impractical as combat vehicles as they were small, limited in speed and only barely flew out of the ground cushion effect.
The first Jet Belt
Thiokol Corp
Общий вид прототипа системы Jump Belt. На заднем плане Александер Бор и Харри Бердетт-младший. В качестве «испытателя» выступает Рэй Уич. Фото журнала Popular Science

В 1958 году Гарри Бурдетт и Александер Бор, инженеры компании «Тиокол» («Thiokol Corp.»), создали «прыжковый пояс» («Jump Belt»), которому они дали название «Кузнечик» (англ. Project Grasshopper). Тяга создавалась сжатым азотом высокого давления. На «поясе» были закреплены два небольших сопла, направленных вертикально вниз. Носитель «пояса» мог открывать регулирующий клапан, выпуская из баллона сжатый азот через сопла, при этом его подбрасывало вверх на высоту до 7 метров. Наклонившись вперёд, можно было при помощи создаваемой «прыжковым поясом» тяги бежать со скоростью 45—50 км/ч. Затем Бурдетт и Бор опробовали и перекись водорода. «Прыжковый пояс» был продемонстрирован военным в действии, но финансирования не было, и дальше пробных экспериментов дело снова не пошло.
Подробнее — topwar.ru/85107-proekt-personalnogo-letatelnogo-apparata-jump-belt.html

The first flight
Видео с комментариями пилота Гарольда Грэма

The rocket belt was demonstrated for the Pentagon folks on June 19, 1961 just 7 days after the first public demonstration of the world's first rocket belt free flight.
The first flight
Demonstration of the flying rocket belt, Fort Eustis, Virginia and the Pentagon, 06/07/1961

Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. U.S. Army Audiovisual Center. (ca. 1974 - 05/15/1984) (Most Recent) Series : Motion Picture Films from the Army Library Copy Collection, compiled 1964 - 1980, documenting the period 1950 - 1980
Pilot Harold Graham salutes to the President after successful landing on the coast.
The first president
Bell aircraft engineer Harold Graham demonstrated the 'Rocket Belt' [Small Rocket Lift Device (SRLD)] to President Kennedy at McKellar's Pond, Fort Bragg, NC, on 12 October 1961. The 125-pound rig with five gallons of hydrogen peroxid allowed the pilot to clear a 27 foot obstacle, but flight time was limited to 21 seconds. Graham launched from a LARC (Lighter, Amphibious Resupply, Cargo, 5 ton).
Rocket Belt Video of JFK Demo & Audio of To Tell the Truth
This is a video / audio mix. The video is of the 5 [ractice flights and the final flight before Pres. JFK at Ft. Bragg, NC - on October 11, 1961. The background audio is a recording of Hal's appearance on the 'To Tell the Truth' TV show in 1962.
The first movie
Bond. James Bond.
Oh wait! There was a punk movement.
By the end of the decade it was pretty much done though. So now people had nothing in particular to believe in. They still had their DIY clothes and wild hairstyles, but no wave already.
And this is as fashionable as it gets for sport fans.
The First Flight
Nirvana makes their famous Top of the Pops appearance
Nirvana does Top of the Pops performance, where, not allowed to play live, they just show off all over the place. And as the UK youth saw this happening, they did not exactly fall in love with Grunge, but rather got the idea for their own attitude of the next decade. "The Scene That Celebrates Itself", as they call it, was finding its way.


"Our current state sucks. Let's look for something interesting in the past. Let's pretend the past is still here."
First Acknowledgement
Suede make it to the magazine cover
It was this issue of the Select magazine that stated that Britpop is a thing. It featured Suede, The Auteurs, Denim, Saint Etienne and Pulp. No Blur and no Oasis yet.
Suede were one of the first bands to establish themselves in this new genre. They set the guidelines for everyone to follow. As the journalist
John Harris wrote, "If Britpop started anywhere, it was the deluge of acclaim that greeted Suede's first records: all of them audacious, successful and very, very British"
April 1994
Blur release their third studio album, Parklife
The singles include:

1. "Girls & Boys"
Released: 7 March 1994
2. "To the End"
Released: 30 May 1994
3. "Parklife"
Released: 22 August 1994
4. "End of a Century"
Released: 7 November 1994

"Blur went from being regarded as an alternative, left field arty band to this amazing new pop sensation"
— Graham Coxon, |Blur
August 1994
Oasis releases their debut album, Definitely Maybe
The singles include:

1. "Supersonic"
Released: 11 April 1994
2. "Shakermaker"
Released: 13 June 1994
3. "Live Forever"
Released: 8 August 1994
4. "Cigarettes & Alcohol"
Released: 10 October 1994
5. "Rock 'n' Roll Star"
Released: May 1995 (US radio single)
"We don't want to be an indie band from England who've had a couple of hits. We want to go on and be an important band and there's certain things you've got to do."
— Noel Gallagher, Oasis
Young British Artists
Damien Hirst gets Turner prize for a divided cow
The similar go-get-'em moods dominate the art scene. Young British Artists, led by Damien Hirst, are making art as outrageous as possible. In 1995, Hirst himself gets the Turner Prize (the most prestigious prize in Fine Arts) for "Mother and Child (Divided)" - the installation consisting of a cow and a calf, divided in halves and put in tanks of formaldehyte.
Sarah Lucas' Self Portrait and "I'm Desperate" by Gillian Wearing


The anthem on air
She came from Greece, she had a thirst for knowledge
The song Common People released by Pulp in 1996 is voted a Britpop anthem. In a 2012 question and answer session on BBC Radio 5 Live Cocker said that he was having a conversation with the girl at the bar at [Central Saint Martins] college because he was attracted to her, although he found some aspects of her personality unpleasant. He remembered that at one point she had told him she "wanted to move to Hakney and live like 'the common people'"
Written by Natasha Savicheva
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Further materials
Live Forever - The Rise and Fall of Brit Pop
Hilarous documentary about the Britpop music scene in the Nineties, featuring all the main bands of the scene exposing the truth behind the myths.
Oasis from the archives: Noel in 1994
Just before the release of Definitely Maybe, Caspar Llewellyn Smith caught up with Noel Gallagher to find out about scraps with Liam, spats with Suede and why people would still be listening to his band's debut album in 20 years' time.
Britpop at the BBC: Class of '94
BBC celebrates the 20th anniversary of Britpop with series of special programs and features.
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