Colorado Jetpack Pilot Back For A High-Risk Stunt

Lake San Cristobal where the stunt will take place on August 23rd. Photo by Mary Carkin (PRNewsFoto/Apollo Gum Company).
Lake San Cristobal where the stunt will take place on August 23rd. Photo by Mary Carkin (PRNewsFoto/Apollo Gum Company).

**UPDATE August 27, 2016**

Video of stunt after completion

 

 

Below is the pre-stunt announcement originally published on August 20, 2016.

Apollo Gum Company and the Apollo Jetpack Plan a 30-second Jetpack Flight Launching from Beneath the Surface of Colorado’s Second Largest Natural Lake

Released by Yulia Pastukhova, apollojetpack.com

On August 23, 2016, jetpack history will be made when veteran pilot, Eric Scott, launches his rocket-powered machine from under the deep waters of Lake San Cristobal, in Lake City, Colorado. Scott, 52, from Boulder, Colorado, will count on his 24 years of jetpack pilot experience to control the 800-horsepower rocket engine strapped to his back to execute his flight plan. Should everything go as planned, Scott, submerged below the water and breathing from a SCUBA system, will take one last breath before launching toward the surface and 100 feet into the sky, navigating towards the shore, and landing on firm ground before his 30-second fuel supply runs out.

The Apollo Jetpack Team has been testing the performance of the jetpack underwater, and is hopeful for a successful stunt as part of a video for the international launch of Apollo Energy Gum.

“It has been my dream for 15 years,” Scott said. “I don’t know what will happen. Everything will depend on how deep I go with a 130-pound jetpack on my back. Anything can happen during launch. The performance will be my first attempt. Honestly, I’m scared, but it is what I live for.”

Scott is no stranger to this extreme form of flight. As the holder of multiple jetpack world records, including a 2008 flight over the Royal Gorge, he is looking forward to adding another unique experience to his logbook. The number of people who have piloted jetpacks is on par with the number of people who have walked on the moon.

“Apollo is about the future. We are always trying to stay on the leading edge with all of our products – from our energy gum to our flying machines. This water flight will show the world something people have never seen or realized is possible,” said Apollo Gum Company CEO and GO FAST! founder, Troy Widgery.

We welcome everyone and all members of the media to come out and cover this extreme event and meet Apollo Gum Company and the Jetpack team on August 26 in Lake City, Colorado.

Apollo Gum Company is the new business venture of GO FAST! founder Troy Widgery. This supplement company is on a mission to change the way people consume energy. With headquarters in Denver, Apollo Gum Company is providing a clean, healthy, portable and affordable energy source for athletes, business professionals and anyone who needs an extra boost. Apollo Gum Company is inspiring people all over the world to go after their dreams, push their limits and live a healthier lifestyle. It doesn’t matter if you are an athlete, stay-at-home mom or a CEO, we want you to join our community of #belimitless individuals who want to release their inner superhero. More information at www.apollogumcompany.com.

Jet P.I. LLC was created 12 years ago to research, develop and construct what was once a childhood dream. The goal of Jet P.I. was to build a lighter, faster, more economical and longer-flying jetpack than the original built by Bell Aerosystems in the 1960s. Utilizing cutting-edge technology, materials and engineering along with incredible passion, determination and an extreme amount of work, Jet P.I. has developed the world’s most advanced personal flying machine. Today, the Apollo Jetpack (the former GO FAST! Jetpack) has flown for events held around the world and has been featured on the BBC, the Today Show, Fox News and many other national and international programs. For more on Apollo JetPack, see www.jetpackinternational.com.

 

Source: Apollo Gum Company

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