The Jetpack – From Comics to a Liftoff in the Yard – NYTimes.com
“There is nothing that even comes close to the dream that the jetpack allows you to achieve,” said Robert J. Thompson, the director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University. He called it “about the coolest desire left to mankind.”
I have a running joke with the guys at dads’Night about when our jetpacks will be invented. Guess they have.
On a research note, the article mentions he has been working on this for twenty years and has a “network of collaborators.” But his passionate (maniacal?) devotion is on par with other inventors. And no overt military tie-in. He is from new zealand, afterall.