Life Tech You can own an Iron Man flight suit but you’ll need Tony Stark’s money to buy one

You can own an Iron Man flight suit but you’ll need Tony Stark’s money to buy one

The gravity flight suit is available for purchase in London. Photo: Gravity Industries
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If you’ve ever wanted to be a superhero, now you can with your very own Iron Man gravity flight suit.

The suit, created by British inventor Richard Browning, has gone on sale in London department store Selfridges, but it will set you back about $600,000.

“It’s very passive and gentle when you’re flying it,” Mr Browning said.

The 3D-printed jet suit weighs 22 kilograms, has five miniature jet engines mounted to the arms and back of the suit and uses diesel or jet fuel to launch it off the ground.

The suit holds a Guinness World Record for its high speeds, recording up to 50km/h and climbing almost 4000 metres from the ground.

It takes off vertically and has a jet pack for propulsion, with Mr Browning saying the feel of flying in the suit is smooth and surprisingly not very violent.

Mr Browning built the gravity flight suit in 2017, but this is the first time it has been commercially available in the UK.

When he began testing engines two years ago, with help from a software engineer and volunteers, he initially saw the experiments, inspired by his engineer and inventor father, as a hobby.

Bosse Myhr, menswear and technology director at Selfridges, said the sale of the suits was a world first.

“The jet suit is the equivalent to the launch of the very first aeroplane,” Mr Myhr told The Evening Standard.

“We are on the cusp of an era where aeronautical technology can finally be in the hands of the consumer and we are proud to be the first to offer this.”

A virtual-reality version using content captured on a real flight is on offer for Londoners to test.

Only nine of the heavily-priced suits are available to be purchased, with the price tag including a course on how to fly it.

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