REAL-LIFE ‘IRON MAN’ TO FLY AT THE FIA
From the jet engine through to the designs for the Concorde, Farnborough is the home of pioneering spirit and this July’s Farnborough International Airshow will honour the town’s heritage by featuring the next leap in aviation progress: the man who defies gravity.
Real-life ‘Iron Man’, Richard Browning, will fly - using more horsepower than a Formula 1 car - above the runway at the Airshow on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July 2018.
Wearing the specially designed, lightweight Gravity Jet Suit, Richard is pioneering a new era of human flight.
The £250,000 Gravity Jet Suit is in effect, a miniature Harrier aircraft. Small jet engines are mounted on each arm and behind the back. The suit can produce 144KG of thrust to achieve vertical take-off and flight. Using his body as the airframe, Richard’s arms control speed, thrust and direction.
Richard Browning, Founder and Chief Test Pilot, Gravity Industries, says: “We are delighted to be demonstrating the Gravity Jet Suit at the Farnborough International Airshow in July this year. Alongside other leading industry pioneers, Gravity will be shining a light on a whole new era of aviation now made possible.”
Former City oil trader, entrepreneur and Royal Marine Reservist, Richard Browning founded Gravity Industries in April 2017. Since then the company has grown rapidly as has the patent pending Jet Suit capability. Last November he entered the Guinness World Records books for the fastest speed in a body controlled jet engine powered suit.
Group Marketing Director for Farnborough International, Andrew Pearcey says: “All aspects of flight are celebrated at the Farnborough Airshow. Richard’s incredible invention is a glimpse into the future and we hope our visitors will feel incredibly excited watching him defy gravity and fly.”