British inventor shatters his own jet suit world speed record

World Speed Record broken

British inventor Richard Browning shatters his own jet suit world speed record with a blistering 85.06mph flyby at Brighton Pier

A British inventor has broken his own jet suit world speed record with a blistering 85.06mph flyby at Brighton Pier this morning.

‘Iron Man’ Richard Browning more than doubled his previous record of 32.02mph set in 2017 for the fastest speed in a body-controlled, jet engine-powered suit.

In challenging weather conditions, and with sparks flying out of his futuristic suit, he flew 1,640ft along the length of the pier.

His attempt was overseen by Guinness World Records editor in chief Craig Glenday, who confirmed his brilliant accomplishment.

Mr Browning, the founder and chief test pilot of Gravity Industries, which designs, builds and flies jet suits, said: ‘I’m really very pleased, very chuffed – it’s the fastest I’ve ever been, even in training.

Richard Browning more than doubled his blistering 32.02mph record he set at Lagoona Park in Reading two years ago, by going 85mph in his Iron Man-like jet suit in Brighton today

In three daring test flights Mr Browning attempted to break the record he set in 2017. He can be seen hovering above the sea, with Brighton Pier in the background

Mr Browning takes off from the beach and makes his way towards the sea to try and beat his world record.

Richard Browning: ‘It shows how far we’ve come in two years’.

Mr Browning on his launch pad on Brighton beach this morning where he bagged a new world record

Mr Browning returns from one of his three test flights this morning on Brighton beach

‘Having Brighton Pier there, flying by an iconic landmark was really special.

‘It was so exhilarating to achieve this on Guinness World Records Day alongside thousands of other people attempting records all around the world.

‘A lot has changed since we flew 32mph two years ago, it’s a completely different suit, and I wanted to show how far we’ve come.’

The attempt formed part of the Guinness World Records Spirit of Adventure theme, which celebrates adventurers and boundary pushers from around the world.

Guinness World Records editor in chief Craig Glenday said: ‘No-one embodies the spirit of adventure like Richard Browning.

‘He’s smashed his previous record and in much more challenging conditions. We are delighted to honour him again for this huge achievement on Guinness World Records Day.’

Sparks fly from the jet suit as the daring inventor races around the Brighton beach this morning

Mr Browning preparing to launch in Brighton today (left) and testing the suit on a previous flight (right)

The body suit, created by Richard Browning, is similar to the one worn by Tony Stark as Iron Man, in the Marvel universe and can traverse vast distances.

It uses five gas turbines that produce over 1,000 brake horsepower to gain flight.

Richard Browning has previously demonstrated the suit in more than 20 countries around the world.

How does the ‘Jet Suit’ work?

Number of turbines: 5

Fuel: Jet A1 Kerosene, Premium Diesel

Engine: 1050bhp / 144kg

RPM = 120,000

Fight Time: Up to 8 minutes

Pilot weight: Under 13 stone (85kg) wearing current Jet Suit

In September this year, Mr Browning says the firm hope to launch a series of suits for teams to use fly around competitive race courses.

‘Since launching Gravity in 2017, we have not stopped challenging the status quo,’ he said.

‘Restlessly pioneering developments in STEM, today’s patent issuance is a giant milestone for Gravity which will enable us to continue to innovate and hopefully inspire others.

‘Our current priority is the launch of a Gravity Race Series in late 2019, which will see a new cohort of diverse pilots putting their flight skills to the test, competing in teams on courses around the world.’

Mr Browning is the founder and chief test pilot of Gravity Industries, which designs, builds and flies jet suits. 

The attempt forms part of the Guinness World Records’ Spirit of Adventure theme, which celebrates adventurers and boundary pushers from around the world.

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