Wednesday, 19 September 2012

The Rocket Belt Murder

HOUSTON — In 1995, a test pilot with a rocket contraption strapped to his back shot into the air and flew over the Houston Ship Channel like Buck Rogers for 28 seconds. The crowd went wild.

The demonstration was the first and last public flight of the RB-2000 rocket belt, one of only three such devices operational in the world.

After the demonstration, one of the developers of the rocket belt put it in his trailer and drove off. It hasn't been seen since.

As for the developers- one is dead, while another is a suspect in his slaying and under judicial order to pay a third partner $10 million for absconding with their invention to keep the profits to himself.

In the midst of it all, the question remains: What happened to the rocket belt? *

Handout image via Atlas Obscura

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*Source - The L.A. Times

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