The jetpack is so closely associated with the dream of a thrilling future, you only have to ask “Where’s my jetpack?” and everybody knows what you mean. Jetpacks appeared in thousands of science fiction stories, but in the 1960s they made the leap to reality. Here are some videos of real-life in jetpacks in action, over the past 50 years.
A Romanian inventor, Justin Capră, claimed that he invented (and patented) the first jetpack in 1958, but it wasn’t a working model. There’s no independent evidence that he built a real jet pack before 1967. The first working device was built by two Thiokol Corporation engineers named Garry Burdett and Alexander Bohr in 1958 under the Project Grasshopper. It was a belt using compressed nitrogen, but it was powerful enough to run at 25-30 mph (45-50 kmh) and reach the height of 22 ft (7 m).
The Bell Rocket Belt, an early jet pack prototype built by Bell Aerosystems in the early 1960s. It could fly for 21 seconds.
And they also built The Flying Seat in 1965: