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Watch Daredevil Set a New Speed Record In “Iron Man” Jet Suit

November 16th 19__Victor Tangermann__Filed Under: Advanced Transport
Guinness World Records

Speed Record

Richard Browning, British inventor and daredevil often described as “real-life Iron Man” by the media, has broken his own speed record while flying in his jet engine-equipped suit.

He flew his jet suit — guided by a wing — to a blistering 136.891 kilometers per hour (85.06 miles per hour), according to Guinness World Records, more than doubling the record he set two years ago of 51.53 kilometers per hour (32.02 miles per hour).

The feat, completed at the Brighton Pier in England on Thursday, earned Browning an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as “the fastest speed in a body-controlled jet engine powered suit (wind-guided).”

Lighter, Stronger, Faster

Browning has been flying the jet suit for over two years, and he told Guinness World Records that it’s now “entirely 3D printed, lighter, stronger, and much smarter.”

It’s also just as fun as it looks.

“It truly feels like that dream of flying you have sometimes in your sleep,” Browning said. “You are entirely and completely free to move effortlessly in three dimensional space and you shed the ties of gravity.”

Pushing Limits

Earlier this year, Browning flew a record distance of 1.4 kilometers (0.8 miles) in his suit, from the south coast of England to the Isle of Wright. And as for the suit’s speed, he claimed at a 2017 event that it can fly as fast as 321 kilometers per hour (200 miles per hour).

But considering the safety implications, reaching those speeds might still be a couple of years out.

READ MORE: Watch real-life Iron Man smash his jet-powered suit record by flying at 85 mph along Brighton Pier [Guinness World Records]

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