This will certainly end well.
Inventor Richard Browning, a former commodities trader, has created an Iron Man-esque jet suit that is literally for sale right now in London’s Selfridges department store. Sure, it costs $592,000, but, as we’ve well learned by now, money and madness are not mutually exclusive.
The suit, which is equipped with five miniature jet engines mounted on the arms and back, reaches speeds of 32 miles per hour and a height of 12,000 feet. It runs on jet fuel, diesel, and the delusion that any of us can soar through the open sky without getting shot down or crashing into an active power line. At least there’s no lasers.
You can see the suit in action in the above video, which shows a smooth, gliding flight for the trained user on an empty, roped-off street. Surely, there won’t be any problems when the average user takes this thing out for a midday spin as the world buzzes around them. Thankfully, the CBC reports that the suit can fly for roughly four minutes, and that a more advanced version stays afloat for just nine. How much trouble can one get into in under 10 minutes? Don’t answer that.
Anyways, don’t be surprised if you suddenly see a jet-powered dipshits with too much money clashing outside your window. If they do decide to team up, however, there’s a horrifying supervillain already waiting for them.