SCIENCE Fiction has become science fact in New York as for the first time in history, an Aussie aviator flew by jetpack around Statue of Liberty.

On November 3, Australian entrepreneur David Mayman used the miniture jet-turbine back pack for about 10 minutes of sustained flight.

 Mayman's flight was the culmination of a 10 year challenge to design and build a light-weight, wearable flying device that will allow people to take to the skies.

The JB-9 is small enough to sit in the back seat of a car but powerful enough to fly thousands of feet high.

Becoming a real life Ironman has been a lifelong dream of Mayman, a successful technology and mining entrepreneur who is also an accomplished helicopter and fixed wing pilot.

David says "it was an incredible experience, one I have been dreaming of since I was a young boy, it's the culmination of decades of work," he said.

"We have just proved that personal flight is a reality, it's here."



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