Mountain Wingsuit Flying Videos

Who wants to learn how to fly in a wingsuit with me? Shall we learn to paraglide first? Man, Mountain, Wingsuit - Click here for this week’s top video clips Another video I couldn't embed:http://www.biertijd.com/mediaplayer/?itemid=4262

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


500 Lb Thrust small jet engine? Answered

So the fun and crazy side of me has come out again and I have thought up some crazy plans for a jet powered wing suit.  I'm sure many of you have seen the swedish rocket man, he jumps out of planes with a small wing and 4 miniature jets strapped to his back.  That is cool and all, but I would like to look at building something a little more useful than fun, although I could imagine it would be a blast.  The idea is to design a large wing 8-12 feet.  It will be made extremely light, however extremely strong because the wing should be able to handle strong g-forces, tight turns along with possible above mach speeds (probably pushing the boundaries of sanity.  This will probably require a carbon fiber and aluminum structure while requiring a rigid wing surface as apposed to the lighter plasticy flexible covering used by smaller aircraft.  This wing will be able to take off and land, eliminating the requirement of a plane to haul it up and then also not necessarily requiring a parachute (one will be worn at all times)  The wing I imagine will not be any lower that hip height and will also have a v-tail for more control.  Now my question is if anyone knows of a small jet engine that exists and would fit this project,  It would also be possible to fit two, one on the underside of each side.  I am looking for 500 to 1000 lbs of thrust and they need to be very small, and lightweight.  Do any engines of this type exist.  I also may be out of my mind expecting to take off with that amount of thrust,  I just don't imagine the whole thing to weigh more than 200 lbs plus me weighing just under 200 lbs.  So 500 would ideally allow for vertical take off, however it would probably not be practical.  Would an engine with this amount of thrust be suitable for my needs or would I need 1000 to 1500 lbs of thrust.  One big goal is for the wing to be very efficient so I don't want to be wasting fuel, however it would be nice to be able to fly quickly for some local entertainment.  Maybe I would throw on some solar panels for the electronics as well. EDIT....... I found this http://jetbeetle.com/JB_body_products.htm This engine seems pretty substantial, would one or two of these be capable of doing what is needed here?

Asked by jj.inc 5 years ago