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American Bird Man
In the 1930s, Clem Sohn (an airshow daredevil) perfected a way of gliding through the air with a home made wingsuit. Dropped from an airplane at 6000 metres, he would glide down until he was only 300 to 250 metres from the ground, then he would open his parachute for the final descent.
Early Wing Aircraft
For more than a century, there have been countless patents, projects and concepts relating to airplanes. Many models and prototypes were constructed; most enjoyed only a brief period of development and public interest, and then quickly disappeared.
Bell Aerosystems rocket belt was made famous by 007 in 1965’s Thunderball. Unfortunately, it was too thirsty and only carried enough fuel for two minutes of flying.