UK Successfully Tests Flying Paramedic Jet Suit for Remote Rescues
New York Post
Cool your jets, James Bond, this is a job for a flying paramedic.
In a scene straight out of 1965’s “Thunderball,” inventor Richard Browning tested a jet suit that will allow Great North Air Ambulance Service medics to quickly respond to emergencies in the rugged Lake District, Reuters reported.
“Who knows what the future holds but this is a start we are very proud of,” said Browning, founder of the UK’s Gravity Industries who reached a 10-year-old girl in a simulated fall in just 90 seconds.
It would have taken 25 minutes for first responders to cover the treacherous path on foot, according to the company.
The suit – which holds two mini engines on each arm and one on the back — can fly at 32 mph to a maximum altitude of 12,000 feet, the BBC reported.