Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, but it might be your local emergency service.
A recent demonstration involving the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), UK, showed a radical new Avengers-style approach to difficult mountain rescues – a first responder rocketing up to the patient using a jetpack.
GNAAS tested the jetpack produced by Gravity Industries in the Lake District with founder Richard Browning giving a full demonstration. Strapped with dual jets on both sides, he flew from valley floor to a simulated casualty site on the side of Bowfell mountain in just 90 seconds, a marked improvement on the roughly 25 minutes it would usually take on foot, says GNAAS director of operations Andy Mawson.
Browning demonstrates the jet suit. Credit: Gravity Industries
Of course, these are just trials for now. GNAAS hopes that one day jet suit paramedics will be able to access injured travelers