British inventor makes record-breaking flight in Iron Man-type suit


British inventor Richard Browning strapped himself into an Iron Man-type jet suit to fly a letter 1.3 km across open water from Hampshire to the Isle of Wright in the U.K., according to a BBC report.

While his mission didn’t carry the dramatic gravity of Tony’s Stark’s ultimate sacrifice in “Avengers: Endgame,” he did break a personal flight record in his innovative rocket suit.

Sweet Success Follows Failed Attempt

Browning’s successful airborne “postal” journey followed German scientist Gerhard Zucker’s failed attempt to deliver “rocket mail” to the same Isle in 1934.

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Gerhard logged several rocket demonstration flubs. However, he was undeterred in his quest to complete the rocket-wielding mail mission. Unfortunately, shortly after the craft launched, it veered off course and flew about 1.5 miles in the wrong direction before crashing into Pennington Marshes in Hampshire.

Eighty-five years later, Browning finally fulfilled the European scientist’s vision. He delivered “rocket mail.” Only, he put a personal spin on Gerhard’s original objective. Instead of launching a letter to the Isle on a missile, he flew it over himself.

Historic Flight

Browning is the Founder and Chief Test Pilot of Gravity Industries. Launched in 2017, the U.K.-based company aims to “augment the body and mind with a suite of patent-pending technology to enable unparalleled human flight.”

That same year, the startup’s boundary-pushing leader set a Guinness World Record for “the fastest speed in a body controlled jet engine powered suit.” In that effort, Browning flew at a speed of 32.02 mph (51.53 km/h). Coincidentally, he achieved the feat on Guinness World Records Day.

In his latest flight, Browning blasted off from Hurst Castle in a suit propelled by jet engines. During his historic journey across The Solent, he hit speeds up to 60 mph.

In a BBC video report, onlookers cheered as he landed at Fort Albert in Freshwater. The trip and graceful landing went just as he had hoped. Browning told reporters, “That kind of behaved just like I was expecting. You know, when you’re dealing with technology like this, you never quite know. But yeah, that worked great.”

Gravity also posted a video of the flight on YouTube. Winds whip around Browning as he soars over turbulent waves. Nevertheless, the courageous corporate leader makes the 75-second aerial jaunt look so easy.

Now that Browning has delivered the mail and Spidey is out of the picture (at least for now), maybe Marvel will recruit the British innovator to launch a new mission in the next phase of the MCU. Wings expanded and rocket launchers crossed.