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World's First Practical Jetpack to be Launched at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (June 30, 2008) — What its creators call “the most eagerly awaited personal aircraft man ever dreamed about” will be making its public debut on Tuesday, July 29, during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The 56th edition of EAA AirVenture, “The World Greatest Aviation Celebration,” takes place July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport.

After 27 years of research and development, the Martin Jetpack will be launched at 9.30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29, at AeroShell Square on the EAA AirVenture grounds.

“Such a flying machine has been part of our imagination for decades, highlighted by science fiction movies such as “Buck Rogers” more than 75 years ago and by military attempts to produce a practical jetpack in the 1950s,” said the jetpack’s developer. “We have worked for nearly 30 years to develop this jetpack and are very much looking forward to unveiling the technology at Oshkosh.”

The developers of the “World’s First Practical Jetpack” state that their innovation is distinguished by a unique, patented technology. Capable of flying 100 times longer than the Bell Rocket Belt of the 1960s, it uses regular gasoline and complies with FAA Ultralight regulations.

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket purchase, is available through the World Wide Web at www.airventure.org. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org.

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